Usually, overtime is a place where underdogs go to die, but on Wednesday the 76ers forced overtime in order to live. With the clock winding down and Philadelphia down by three, Joel Embiid had the ball in the low post and Bojan Bogdanovic on him. Realizing the situation, Embiid scrambled out to the wing, pumped and put up a 3-point attempt that tied the game with 5.9 seconds left. Philadelphia would go on to win in overtime 131-123, dropping Utah to 3-4 SU and ATS in their last seven games before the All-Star Break.
The victory was not without controversy, though. Late in the fourth quarter Royce O’Neale seemingly saved a ball from going out of bounds -- which led to Utah score -- but the call was overturned. Donovan Mitchell was called for an offensive foul late when he went into Ben Simmons’ body and spun off, but replay showed Simmons potentially holding Mitchell’s left arm. Not surprisingly, the Jazz felt the officiating was poor and Mitchell let the world know about it after being ejected in the waning seconds.
Utah clearly believes it is being treated like a small market team that does not have the same stature as some of the glamour franchises like the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether or not this leads to a friendly whistle in the second half I don't know, but I do know that I am down for a best of seven series between these two clubs. In the first game we got a 42-point performance from Simmons and then this? Sign me up!
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The Main Event
Milwaukee Bucks (-6, 235) at Memphis Grizzlies
Master takes on apprentice tonight as Mike Budenholzer will match his wits with former assistant Taylor Jenkins. The Grzzlies are quietly building momentum heading into the All-Star Break with a 5-3 SU and ATS spurt over their last eight games.
Throughout the season the Grizzlies have been a great defensive team, but during this run they have been on another level, leading the league in defensive efficiency by allowing just 103.5 points every 100 possessions. Only two opponents during this eight-game run have averaged more than 1.09 points per possession: the Suns and Clippers. It has been incredible to say the least, but the more I look at what Memphis has done lately, the more questions I have.