Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VS. BROOKLYN NETS GAME INFORMATION
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Barclays Center
TV Coverage: TNT
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VS. BROOKLYN NETS MONEYLINE, SPREAD, TOTAL, AND ODDS
Moneyline: 76ers -130 | Nets +110
Spread: 76ers -2
NBA Championship Odds: Nets +600 | 76ers +1800
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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VS. BROOKLYN NETS WARRIORS NEWS AND NOTES
The Nets are one of the most shorthanded teams in basketball at the moment. Kevin Durant is the biggest absence. He missed their last contest due to health and safety protocols, and he’ll be out of the lineup again vs. the 76ers. The Nets were able to secure a blowout victory without Durant in their first contest, but it’s still a massive absence.
Spencer Dinwiddie also remains out after a partial ACL tear, and it’s possible he won’t suit up again this season.
On a smaller note, Rodions Kurucs is also questionable with an ankle injury, Kurucs isn’t a huge part of their rotation, but his absence is notable with the Nets already playing shorthanded.
Meanwhile, the 76ers are essentially at full strength. Furkan Korkmaz and Mike Scott are both out of the lineup at the moment, but both players are averaging less than 20 minutes per game this season. The rest of their lineup should be at full strength, which gives them a clear edge in the health department.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VS. BROOKLYN NETS PREVIEW AND PICK
This is an interesting line. The Nets were three-point home underdogs vs. the Jazz in their last game, so why are they only getting two vs. the 76ers? The 76ers are undoubtedly a better team than the Jazz – they’re 6-1 and rank third in the league in Net Rating – yet this line is saying the Jazz are better. That doesn’t make any sense.
The reason for the change in the spread is due to the Nets’ performance in their last game. They went with a completely different starting unit for that contest, moving four new starters into the lineup around Kyrie Irving. The results were brilliant, and the Nets cruised to an easy 34-point victory.
That said, the Nets shot the ball extremely well in that contest. Irving started the game 9-9 from the field, and the Nets posted an effective FG% of 63.4. It’s going to be hard for them to replicate that mark vs. the 76ers, who rank first in the league in Defensive Efficiency.
The 76ers have been a great defensive team for the past few seasons, but the biggest change they’ve made this year is with their offense. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have struggled to play together for most of their careers, but part of that was due to roster construction. The 76ers were constantly trying to bring in the biggest names possible in the trade market and free agency, but those players weren’t the best fits around their two star players.
Daryl Morey took over as GM in the offseason and seemingly fixed that problem overnight. He shipped Al Horford off to Oklahoma City – even though his contract was considered untradable – and he used the resulting cap space to bring in Seth Curry and Danny Green. Green hasn’t worked out yet, but Curry has been an absolute assassin from downtown. He’s shooting 54.3% from 3-point range on 4.1 attempts per game, and that additional spacing has given Embiid and Simmons the ability to do what they do best.
Overall, the four-man combination of Simmons, Embiid, Curry, and Tobias Harris has outscored opponents by an average of +23.5 points per 100 possessions this season. If Curry can continue to shoot the ball at a high rate all season, this team has a real chance to contend for a championship.
Add it all up, and I’m very happy to sell high on the Nets without Durant against Philly.
The Pick: 76ers -2