NBA Picks: Nets vs. 76ers

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 4:00 PM GMT

We split a pair of NBA Picks last night, and tonight on a short card, I have only one pick for you this evening in the Association. The Brooklyn Nets have been playing well after firing Avery Johnson, and they take the short trip south tonight to play the Sixers in Philadelphia.

Season Straight Picks Record: 51-39-3

NBA Odds for this one have the Sixers as -1 ½ home favorites, with a total of 187 points. I have a side I really like in this one, so let’s break it down further and see if we can continue to add to our nice 2013 bankroll.

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Nets starting to play 

The Nets have won three games in a row coming into this one, and have jumped all the way to the 6th spot currently in the Eastern Conference. It started with a nice win on the road in Oklahoma City, followed by a double overtime game in DC, and a blowout of the Kings on Saturday. Brooklyn has now had two days off before tonight’s game, and I expect them to be rested and ready.

Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries is still banged up, and it has yet to be determined if he’ll play or not tonight. Other than that the Nets are ready to roll. In those last three wins, the Nets have scored an average of 113 points per game, and with the exception of the Washington game, their defense has looked good too. 

Their defense has looked sloppy at times this season, but through a third of the season, Brooklyn has the 5th ranked defense in the NBA, giving up only 95 points per game. A team like Brooklyn holding teams in the 90s every night is going to be tough to beat if they can keep up their play. They are still inconsistent, and they still aren’t consistent at all against good teams, but they still have 50 + games to fix it, and they are well on their way now that Johnson is out of the picture. 

Philly muddling through it all

It’s probably hard to be a Philadelphia sports fan to begin with. Most of you are all pissed off all the time and rude because of all your bad or disappointing teams, and now it’s cold all the time! The Sixers made what might go down as one of the worst trades in NBA history in the offseason, and while we are still a ways away from calling it a failed trade, it’s looking more like it by the day.

It’s just funny that the two teams getting the “lesser,” parts in the deal (Magic and Nuggets) look to have made out the best. Andrew Bynum and the Sixers’ organization still hold that Bynum will be ready for action sometime this season, but if he doesn’t re-sign with the team after this season and tests the free agent market, Philly lost Andre Iguodala and rising star Nikola Vucevic for absolutely nothing. Yeah, I’d be pissed off to be a Philadelphia fan as well.

The Sharp Pick

I think Philly fans are going to be even angrier after tonight, because I am liking the Nets as slight underdogs. Philadelphia is only 15-20 ATS this season and 7-9 ATS at home. Plus, the Nets are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games in Philly, but they are only 3-10 SU in their last 13 games against the 76ers overall. Those were with different and much less capable Nets teams from the past, I still like the Nets money line.

My Pick: Nets +108 at 5Dimes