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NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Thursday 12/23

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Welcome to the daily NBA betting market report, your source for analysis on the betting lines for the day in professional hoops. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

All game lines via VSiN NBA Odds page.

Market Report for Thursday, December 23rd

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

*Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers (-7.5, 214.5)

Atlanta suffered a 104-98 loss to Orlando last night due to an extremely short-handed roster that did not have Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams. Who among that group could be available tonight is an unknown, which makes betting this game pre-flop a fool’s endeavor. Andre Drummond, Danny Green and Shake Milton are still in COVID protocol, but as long as Joel Embiid is on the floor the 76ers are respected team by the market. However, offense has been a massive problem for this team since Embiid’s return. In those 12 games the 76ers are averaging 106.9 points per 100 possessions in non-garbage time, the sixth-worst offensive rating in the league over that span. The other night they needed 41 points from Embiid to get by Boston for just their fourth cover this month. In the time since Embiid’s return the team is 6-6 SU/4-8 ATS, that spread record being an indicator of this team’s overvalued nature. The Hawks might be dealing with a COVID outbreak, but don’t rush to lay the points with a team that has had trouble covering numbers the last three weeks.

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