- Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia by 11 at home without their stars
- Ben Simmons is an injury concern for the 76ers
- The Nets should be your NBA betting pick, along with the OVER
The Brooklyn Nets have raced up the NBA odds rankings in terms of futures as they are favored to win the Eastern Conference, and are second only to the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. Since acquiring James Harden from Houston, the Nets are 7-2 (ahead of a Friday night visit from Toronto) and are out to prove that, maybe, offense can win championships with their high-powered trio of Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. On Saturday, the Nets will face a stiff test as they visit the Philadelphia 76ers, led by MVP candidate Joel Embiid. How will the Nets vs 76ers odds stack up?
|Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds and Game Info|
|Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021, 8:00 PM ET|
|Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Latest Odds: Nets: +3 | 76ers: -3 | O/U: 237.5|
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This is the second meeting of the season between the two as Brooklyn defeated the 76ers 122-109 at home on January 7th. The Nets also covered as a 4-point road underdog, while the final total of 222 came in just UNDER the sportsbook total of 223. The Nets were actually led by 28 points off the bench from Joe Harris as Irving (personal) and Durant (COVID-19 protocols) weren’t able to play, and they hadn’t acquired Harden yet. Embiid had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Shake Milton had 24 for the 76ers. It doesn’t bode well that they had their full squad and couldn’t beat the Nets without their best players.
Nets vs. 76ers Betting Pick: Nets and OVER
I’m going with the Nets for this sports betting pick, even though they’ll be on the second half of a back-to-back, and they’ll be traveling from New York to Philadelphia (which isn’t very long and teams have private planes now). And in Embiid, the 76ers have the best weapon to target Brooklyn’s biggest weakness, which is interior defense. However, the 76ers aren’t a great defensive team outside of Embiid and Ben Simmons (who is day-to-day with a calf injury). The Nets will just have too much firepower, which is why you should also take the OVER as well. Both of these teams can fill up the net, so expect a relatively high-scoring game.
Brooklyn Nets News: 3 Things
- The Nets are 14-9 SU and 10-13 ATS (again, ahead of a Friday night game against Toronto)
- They have hit the OVER in 17 games
- Brooklyn is 2-2 SU and 1-3 this year on the second half of a back-to-back
The Nets should be coming into this game with a full squad. Durant (who is also an MVP candidate) played in the second half of a back-to-back once this season, so that is something to watch if he can’t go. However, the Nets still have Harden and Irving, who can both go off for 40 points at any given time. As bad as the Nets are defensively (28th in points allowed), they have enough offense to still win these types of games.
Philadelphia 76ers News: 3 Things
- The 76ers are 16-7 SU and 12-11 ATS
- They have hit the OVER 13 times this season
- Philly is 8-4 ATS at home
The 76ers will have a couple days to rest after a 121-105 loss to Portland at home on Thursday. That will allow Embiid to rest a knee injury that bothered him that game. The 76ers will also hope that Simmons can play, because if he doesn’t, that leaves the 76ers to try and figure out how to slow down Harden and Irving on the perimeter. Because of his height, Simmons could even guard Durant. However, the 76ers are going to have their hands full figuring out who to guard. It’s going to be on head coach Doc Rivers to get the better of his Brooklyn counterpart and first-year head coach, Steve Nash.