NBA Picks Nets vs. 76ers +6.5

Friday, December 20, 2013 1:18 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 1:18 PM UTC

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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span><b>Best stretch of the season</b></span></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="/picks-pictures/76ersssss.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />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 <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA odds available for every game" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA odds</a> Wednesday night, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.</p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>Going in the wrong direction</b></span></p> <p>Philadelphia has <a target="_blank" title="Read our most recent coverage against the Clippers" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/clippers-vs-76ers-free-nba-picks-predictions-here-a-35667/">lost seven games in a row</a>, with the squad scoring below 100 points in five of those seven contests—averaging 94.4 points over that span.</p> <p><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.</span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span><em><a target="_blank" title="Picks of the day for Friday" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/free-friday-nba-picks-the-day-a-35939/">Free Friday NBA Picks of the Day</a></em><br /></span></p> <p><span><b>A new role</b></span></p> <p>NBA handicappers need to be careful in backing the Nets as their <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA picks available daily" href="/nba-basketball/">NBA pick</a>, as they’ve gone 4-9 SUATS in that role under first-year head coach Jason Kidd.</p> <p><a target="_blank" title="Check out SBR's Team Standings" href="/nba-basketball/standings/">Brooklyn is still trying to find a true identity</a> 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.</p> <p><span><b>Problems on the defensive end</b></span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>Prediction</b></span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>NBA Pick:</b></span> <span>Philadelphia 76ers +6.5</span></p> <p><span>[gameodds]5/250716/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p>
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