On Friday night the Philadelphia 76ers will play host to the Los Angeles Clippers. Philadelphia enters play as the top team in the Eastern Conference at 38-17, while the Clippers’ 39-18 record is good for the Western Conference’s third seed.
Let’s take a closer look at this highly-anticipated matchup with three top player prop picks and predictions for this April 16, 2021 matchup.
Sixers vs. Clippers Player Props (April 16, 2021)
The Sixers came out victorious in their game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, but the 123-117 scoreline is a bit deceiving. Brooklyn put together a truly respectable game, despite being without James Harden and Kevin Durant, who were among a long list of inactive players for their team.
Joel Embiid put on a show on Wednesday night, putting up 39 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and dishing out two assists in 33 minutes of action. Philadelphia’s two other stars Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons combined for 43 points, 18 rebounds, and 12 assists in the contest, helping Embiid to shoulder the load for the Sixers.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven straight games, including their last two on the road against the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. There’s a bit of potential variance in this game as Kawhi Leonard is questionable to play due to right foot soreness. Even without him, the Clippers are a talented team that can stand toe-to-toe with the best team in the East.
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to Combine for Over 44.5 Points (-128, FOX Bet)
As of Friday afternoon’s injury report, Philadelphia’s second-leading scorer Tobias Harris is questionable for this meeting against the LA Clippers with right knee soreness. The possibility that he could either be out or at least limited in any way makes this two-player parlay be a worthwhile consideration.
Joel Embiid has played like a man possessed since returning to the Sixers lineup just under two weeks ago. He dropped 36 points on the road against the Dallas Mavericks before crushing the Brooklyn Nets’ spirit with 39 points on 13-29 shooting from the field and an eye-popping 3-6 from beyond the arc.
Ben Simmons has taken on the role of facilitator in recent weeks, deferring first to Tobias Harris while Embiid was out of the lineup and now Embiid since he’s returned. Simmons put together a 17-point performance on Wednesday to go with nine assists and four rebounds. If Harris is out or sees his minutes cut back, the scoring load will surely fall to Embiid, perimeter scorers, and certainly Simmons.
If you’re more bullish on this duo, you can get them to score over 49.5 points at +160 odds all the way up to over 54.5 points at +295 odds with FOX Bet.
Paul George Over 25.5 Points (-110, BetMGM)
Paul George was inactive for the Clippers’ 100-98 road win over the Detroit Pistons. It represented the second time in four games that Los Angeles was without one of their superstar players. In fact, the other half of the dynamic duo Kawhi Leonard also missed Wednesday’s contest.
Although PG13 has missed some time over the last couple of weeks, he’s been an absolute beast as of late when he does play. He’s scored at least 32 points in each of his last four games, averaging 34.3 points per game over that stretch.
It’s worth noting that while George dropped 24 points in 37:31 of action when the teams last met on March 27 at Staples Center, he did so on 8-18 from the field and just 1-5 from beyond the arc. If he’s able to connect closer to the 44.1% mark he’s averaging this season, that point total could climb in a big way.
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Danny Green to Score 10+ Points (+128, FanDuel Sportsbook)
This prop’s likelihood of hitting is somewhat dependent on Tobias Harris’ status going into this game. If Harris does not play, Danny Green could get a considerable uptick in field goal attempts, specifically from behind the three-point arc.
While Green hasn’t hit the double digit scoring threshold in his last three games, he’s been one bucket away in two of those contests. It’s also worth noting that when Joel Embiid went out, Green became a much more reliable scorer, putting up 17.2 points per game from March 17-27. Since then, he’s crossed the 10 point threshold twice in eight games, but there have been a number of games in that stretch when Philly’s big three have played. Given Harris’ questionable status, this one could represent an attainable market with a respectable payout.
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