Dr. J: Simmons: Simmons could be a once-in-a-lifetime player

The Philadelphia 76ers are the favorite at -1, 98.5% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread. He was a 76ers killer early in the season and now doesn't even look good coming off the Nets' bench. The Pistons have been off since Sunday, when they beat those same Nets 108-96, so they'll have the rest advantage tonight. At 37-40, they are in ninth position, but 4.5 games behind Milwaukee, Washington and Miami with just five games to play in the season.

Detroit leads the league with 9.7 fast break points allowed per game while Philadelphia is fourth with 10.3 fast break points allowed per game. The 76ers are just half a game behind Cleveland for third place but only half a game ahead of fifth-place Indiana.

Philadelphia comes into the contest with records of 47-30 straight up (SU) and 45-31 against the spread (ATS).

The 76ers are above average on the offensive end of the floor. However, only one game separates these three teams. Embiid is recovering from a concussion and orbital fracture, while Saric is dealing with a bacterial infection in his right elbow. Fultz returned March 26 against the Nuggets after missing 68 games with a shoulder injury. They remained a half-game behind third-place Cleveland and in front of fifth-place in, which began Tuesday a half-game behind Philadelphia.

But in order to have a chance to get that winning streak up to 13, the Sixers can not let their foot off the gas pedal against a suddenly resurgent Pistons team that has won five straight and seven of eight. His 16.8 potential assists are the fourth-most in the league behind Russell Westbrook, James and John Wall and he assists on more than a third of Philadelphia's baskets (38 percent) compared to 28 percent by James during his rookie year. The Pistons knocked down 25 of their 32 free throws (78.1 percent) and held the Nets to an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.2 (below their season average of 21.6). He hasn't improved much in the National Basketball Association, making just 34 percent of his jump shots for the 76ers, last among 221 players with at least 150 attempts in 2017-18. Simmons was a top performer in the victory, with 19 points and nine assists. Redick scoring 19 points on 8-15 shooting in 23 minutes. Power forward Jon Leuer (ankle) is out for the season. His true shooting percentage (55.4 percent) is also higher than James, which is somewhat surprising considering Simmons is a awful shooter.

76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Embiid makes the Sixers an Eastern Conference Finals contender. First of all though, the Pistons have to take care of their own business right now.

The games on the 76ers' regular season schedule might be running out, but nothing is changing. "At times, they shrink and they could with us". Both big men will miss Wednesday's game at Detroit as well.

Dario Saric will be sidelined until at least Friday, Brown said.

Reggie Jackson vs Ben Simmons - This could potentially be a one-sided matchup, with Simmons a significantly more talented player than his counterpart in Jackson.

Detroit is 5-0 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.

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