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2021 NBA Handicapping
(18-16) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets (23-9)
Date: Thursday, December 30th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers +163 | Nets -155 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 217
Thursday, December 30th finds the Philadelphia 76ers facing the Brooklyn Nets in their third meeting this season. Brooklyn took the two prior meetings on October 22nd (114-109) and December 16th (114-105). The final game between the clubs is March 10th in Philly.
Brooklyn last played Monday in a 124-108 winning effort versus the Clippers while the 76ers played Tuesday edging out the undermanned Raptors 114-109 on Tuesday.
Last season, the squads played three times with the 76ers taking two of the three contests. The 76ers hold the advantage all-time having won 118 times of the club’s 205 meetings.
Two lessons were learned in the match in Toronto on Tuesday – – when Joel Embiid sets up shop in the paint there are less than a handful of opposing matchups who can stop him. Rudy Gobert maybe, although slightly smaller, faster players have had better luck.
Putting the smaller Chris Boucher on Embiid didn’t stop or limit him but it caused issues on the other end (Boucher collected 28 points/19 rebounds and hit five 3-pointers).
Late in the match DJ. Wilson guarded Embiid with Toronto occasionally sending doubles and it created some issues for the big man (plus likely earned Wilson the final roster spot on the Raptors if they’re smart).
Embiid carried the 76ers with a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds, plus four assists, and a block. Tobias Harris registered a triple-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists.
Georges Niang (19), Seth Curry (12), and Furkan Korkmaz (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
A trio of 76ers remains in protocols with Andre Drummond and Shake Milton questionable while Danny Green was downgraded to out.
Ben Simmons (suspension) is burning a hole in the 76ers pockets as they contemplate what deal would be enough for their disenchanted star.
Yet again the big news in Brooklyn centers on Kyrie Irving who practiced with the team now that he’s cleared protocols. Since he can’t play home games the first possible sighting of the enigmatic guard would be January 5th (Indiana) or 12th (Chicago).
His backcourt partner James Harden returned from protocols posting a triple-double against the Lakers on Christmas Day and followed it up with a double-double of 39 points and 15 assists versus the Clippers (plus eight rebounds).
If anything the time off appears to have reinvigorated Harden who looked somewhat out of condition this season as he returned from his late-season hamstring injury.
Four Nets offered scoring help via Patty Mills, Nic Claxton (each with 18 points) and DeAndre Bembry, Blake Griffin (each with 12 points).
Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge were upgraded to probable, Day’Ron Sharpe, Kessler Edwards, and David Duke Jr. were all downgraded to out on Thursday. Joe Harris (ankle surgery) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The 76ers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn’s last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games on the road.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
This Atlantic Division battle offers a compelling matchup because neither team has the answer for the other’s best player. I’m assuming Doc Rivers will defend Durant via a committee of 76ers but no doubt Matisse Thybulle will draw the Harden assignment.
Although the Nets have more overall talent Philly is the better defensive squad so I like them to pull off the upset as Embiid sends a message to a potential playoff opponent.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +3.5
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