Ugly Nets-76ers Matchup Has Potentially Historic Betting Twist

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, April 3, 2017 5:47 PM GMT

Perhaps you are wondering why I would preview a game featuring two god-awful teams in the Nets and 76ers from Philadelphia on Tuesday night when there are plenty of better NBA games. Well, read on to find out.

Both Playing Out The String

The Brooklyn Nets are 18-59 and going to finish with the worst record in the NBA – perhaps clinching that as early as Tuesday. Alas, it doesn’t help them whatsoever to tank the rest of the way because the Boston Celtics get their first-round pick.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 28-49 and have the league’s fifth-worst record. Philly can only get to the fourth-worst record in the NBA, currently held by the Orlando Magic. That would slightly improve the 76ers’ chances of winning the draft lottery. Also keep in mind that Philly not only has its first-round pick but the right to swap with the Kings and would get the Lakers’ selection if it’s outside the Top 3. So in a perfect world, Philly would pick first and fourth this summer in a loaded draft.

So why should you care about Brooklyn’s visit to Philadelphia on Tuesday an NBA bettor? The 76ers could make a bit of NBA history in not covering once all season as a favorite.

 

Rare Time As Favorite For Philly?

OK, that above sentence is a tad misleading because the 76ers have been favored only three times all season – each coming at home. On Dec. 2, the team was -1.5 vs. Orlando and lost 105-88. On Dec. 16, the 76ers were -1 against the Los Angeles Lakers and lost 100-89. Two days later, 76ers were -1.5 against these Nets and Philly won 108-107. So close to a cover! The Nets were down 108-104 when Jeremy Lin made a 3-pointer with two seconds left.

Every other team has at least two covers as a favorite this season. Brooklyn is 3-3 ATS as one. Here’s hoping this game closes with Philadelphia still as a betting favorite because it would make it so much more interesting. I don’t see the 76ers being favored again as they host Chicago, Milwaukee and Indiana, all teams fighting for a playoff spot, before visiting the New York Knicks next Wednesday to end the season. The Sixers have been the best bet in the NBA overall with a 48-29 ATS mark. I couldn’t find the last team to go an entire season without an ATS win as a favorite, but obviously you can’t have less than zero so the Sixers would at worst tie a record.

Philadelphia enters on a three-game losing streak. It was beaten 113-105 in Toronto on Sunday despite a career-high 23 points from rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Fellow rookie Dario Saric (left heel) started the game but was on a 24-minute limit. He might win NBA Rookie of the Year. Three key players sat out vs. the Raptors due to injury: guards Sergio Rodriguez (left hamstring) and Robert Covington (knee) and forward/center Jahlil Okafor (knee). They aren’t playing Tuesday.

The Nets have been very competitive since the start of March. They were 7-10 last month and are 2-0 in April after beating the visiting Magic 121-111 on Saturday and the Hawks on Sunday, 91-82. Brook Lopez is having a great season and totaled 59 points in those games.

Brooklyn is looking to avoid a four-game season sweep at the hands of Philadelphia. That’s motivation enough for me. If for some reason Lopez sits, however, take the 76ers. 

Free NBA Pick: Nets +1Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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