The Brooklyn Nets are visiting the Philadelphia 76ers in an Eastern Conference clash. The Nets are coming off a close road win against the Warriors, while the 76ers are coming off a close road win against the Kings. This should be an interesting matchup for the Eastern Conference standings. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers are 5-point home favorites against the Brooklyn Nets and are at -200 on the money line. The over/under is also not listed yet. The 76ers being favored here makes sense because they’re on a winning streak and are more healthy than the Nets. Expect the over/under to also be high when it gets listed because both of these teams are great on offense. This spread should stay where it’s at before tip-off too.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction
The pick: Philadelphia 76ers -5
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming into this game on a five-game winning streak, where they won all five games on a road trip out west.
Joel Embiid has been doing it all for the 76ers this year and is in contention for the MVP award again. He’s second in the NBA in scoring at 33.6 points per game, and he also leads the 76ers in rebounds, assists, and blocks per game for the season. James Harden and Tyrese Maxey have been very good in the backcourt for Philadelphia with each being right behind Embiid in scoring production. Tobias harris has also been very good down low and as a stretch forward for them too.
As a team, the 76ers have ben very good on both offense and defense this season. They are top-10 in field goal percentage and also 5th in point differential at +3.8. They are also third in the NBA in points allowed at 110.6 points allowed per game.
On the other side, the Nets have rebounded from a rough start to the year. They are currently without their best player, Kevin Durant, due to a knee injury. Durant is an MVP-caliber player and is leading Brooklyn in scoring still. Kyrie Irving has stepped up the most without Durant. he leads the team in scoring now and has taken over the reins. Nic Claxton has been solid down low for the Nets too, and leads the team in rebounds and blocks per game. Seth Curry and TJ Warren are also key pieces on the wing that have stepped up more too without Durant.
As a team, Brooklyn is very solid on both offense and defense too. They are top-10 in point differential and are second in field goal percentage at 50.8%. They are also 5th in points allowed at 110.7 and are first in blocks per game at 7.
Philadelphia is the play here because they are healthier and are the home team. They are playing better than Brooklyn too, so expect the 76ers to pull away and cover this spread at home.
Nets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Can Nic Claxton matchup with Joel Embiid? Can Tyrese Maxey matchup with Kyrie Irving?
Joel Embiid vs. Nic Claxton
Joel Embiid is playing MVP-caliber basketball this season. He averages 34 points, 4 assists, and 10 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Nic Claxton most of the game who averages 13 points, 2 assists, and 9 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup because of how much of a matchup nightmare Embiid is. It will be interesting to see if Claxton can defend hime well here.
Kyrie Irving vs. Tyrese Maxey
Kyrie Irving has been very good this season. He averages 27 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Tyrese Maxey most of the game who averages 21 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup because Maxey has been very good this year and gets a big test against Irving. These two are the engines of each of their teams, so this matchup will be huge in deciding who wins.
Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineups
Brooklyn Nets Injuries: PF Kevin Durant (Knee) O
Philadelphia 76ers Injuries: C Joel Embiid (Foot) Q, SG Furkan Korkmaz (Shoulder) O