NBA Picks Nets vs. 76ers +6.5

Jeff Grant

Friday, December 20, 2013 1:18 PM GMT

The Philadelphia 76ers suffered their worst loss of the season against the Brooklyn Nets last time out, but they’ll likely keep things closer with a key player returning to the lineup Friday. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Eastern Conference matchup.

Best stretch of the season

Brooklyn is 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS over its last six games, as it looks to bounce back from a 113-107 defeat to the Washington Wizards as 4.5-point home favorites in the NBA odds Wednesday night, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Nets came away with a 130-94 victory over the 76ers as 8.5-point home favorites Monday as part of that run, as they set a new franchise-record with 21 made three-pointers.

Going in the wrong direction

Philadelphia has lost seven games in a row, with the squad scoring below 100 points in five of those seven contests—averaging 94.4 points over that span.

The Sixers weren’t expected to do much during the 2013-14 campaign, considering it tipped off as the NBA’s youngest roster with an average age of 24 years and 136 days.

It’s important to keep an eye on the injury report, with rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams expected to return to action, as he’s missed the last four games with right knee soreness.

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A new role

NBA handicappers need to be careful in backing the Nets as their NBA pick, as they’ve gone 4-9 SUATS in that role under first-year head coach Jason Kidd.

Brooklyn is still trying to find a true identity with new faces on the roster, but former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce has thrived coming off the bench, as he scored a season-high 28 points versus the Washington Wizards Wednesday.

Problems on the defensive end

The 76ers will likely be motivated to play a full 48 minutes in this affair, as they take off for a six-game road trip after this affair and won’t play at home against until Jan. 6, 2014.

Philadelphia is last in the NBA in allowing 111.2 points and 10.5 three-point makes per game—leading directly to the OVER going 17-9 in 26 games.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the 76ers, as the Nets are 3-13 SU and 5-11 ATS versus teams that allow 99 or more points per game.

NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +6.5

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