Philadelphia 76ers' Danny Green
Philadelphia 76ers' Danny Green, left, and Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant chase after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SIXERS VS NETS, Dec. 16

Kyle Barrette

Just like that, we have our fourth winner in a row as the Cavs cover the eight-point spread with ease. But we’re right back into the grind here tonight, with a couple of teams that could meet later in the playoffs going head-to-head. It’s a weird time right now in the NBA and pro sports in general as COVID is wreaking havoc. For once, the Sixers are the healthier team heading into a game, but are there other factors that make this more even than you might think? Let’s break it down.

Nets
It has been a long two weeks for the Nets as injuries started popping up, then they got hit with the COVID bug and now have six players in protocols. The Nets were only able to dress eight players total for their game against the Raptors, and to their credit, they were able to get the job done and win the game. Right now, it’s obvious that this team is only going to go as far as Durant will take them, and right now that’s to a three-game win streak. Some of the bench guys stepped up huge in the overtime win against the Raptors and will undoubtedly need that type of performance again against a better team in the Sixers. The Sixers’ offense has been their issue this season, ranking 24th in Points For. The Nets are going to need this to continue for the Nets to come away with the victory here.

Philly
Something seems odd here, right? The Nets have barely enough players to dress so that the game doesn’t get canceled and yet they are still the favorites. Let’s take a snapshot of the Sixers recently. They are as average of a team as you can get. Even with everyone back and playing as healthy as they can be, this Sixers squad is still a .500 team. Recently it has been worse. The Sixers are losers of three out of four and just dropped a game to the Heat, who are basically in the same boat with no one that matches Durant’s skills. So what’s up with Philly? You see, the regression of Harris and Thybulle is just not that good and Embiid, who has been questionable forever, might not be 100% and the weight of the team is on his shoulders. That’s what you’re getting out of Philly right now. Sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t. 

Sixers vs. Nets the Prediction: Nets ML
So why the Nets? Besides everything highlighted above, the main reason is that this will be the Sixers’ third game in four nights, and each of the games has included traveling, and the Sixers have lost the first two and have three days off after this game with the Nets. By the start of the fourth quarter, the wear will start to show. Take the Nets ML.

Same Game Parlay
Brooklyn Nets ML, Durant First Basket, Durant to score 30+ Pts, Durant Over 2.5 Made Threes and Joel Embiid to score 25+ Pts.

SGP Odds +4436


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