SIXERS BIG FAVES TONIGHT AGAINST ROCKETS: UNDER IS BEST BET!

By Skip Charles in Vegas

After throwing craps in their last three games on the road, the Sixers are at the Wells tonight against the Houston Rockets.

The 76ers (18-10 SU, 14-12-2 ATS) are double-digit favorites against a Rockets team (11-16 SU, 10-17 ATS) in even worse shape as it looks to halt a six-game losing skid.

The Sixers opened as a 10 1/2-point favorite; if it holds, it will mark just the third time all season that the 76ers are favored by double digits. The total opened at 225.5, with the OVER and UNDER an identical -110.

The Rockets haven’t had their optimal starting lineup for a while now, and will again be down multiple player tonight. Power forward Christian Wood remains out indefinitely with an ankle injury, while forward Eric Gordon (groin) and guard Victor Oladipo (foot) are both listed as doubtful for the finale of a stretch in which Houston has played eight of 10 games on the road.

Houston’s John Wall is coming off a sensational effort in defeat against his former team, the Wiz, 29 points and 11 assists in the 131-119 loss.

The 76ers have seen their lead atop the Eastern Conference shrink to one game after dropping the final three games of their four-game West Coast trek, most recently falling 134-123 to the Utah Jazz.

Joel Embiid was a late scratch Monday at Utah due to back tightness, but he’s considered probable tonight.

His return sets up an intriguing showdown with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins, who was one of the league’s most dominant big men in his prime but has been slowed by injuries over the years.

Embiid is averaging 33.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in the month of February, and not even a matchup with Cousins should impede his ability to put up huge daily fantasy numbers.

Betting Pick: UNDER 225.5 (-110)

Houston’s offensive potential is severely hampered by the absence of three players who combine to average 59.2 points per game. Combined with the Rockets’ rock-solid defensive play, this one should come in below the total.

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