Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction, NBA Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Dec 30, 2021

The Brooklyn Nets hope to have Kevin Durant back in the lineup when they return home on Thursday to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia
51-31
AT
December 30, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
44-38
Pointspread +5.5 -105
Moneyline +170
Over / Under o +220.5

20%

Betting Action

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Pointspread -5.5 -115
Moneyline -204
Over / Under u +220.5

20%

Betting Action

80%

Kevin Durant has missed the past three games while sidelined by health and safety protocols. However, the Nets have managed to rise to the occasion during his absence. Brooklyn is coming off a decisive 124-108 win over the LA Clippers that extends their current win streak to two games. The 76ers have endured recent COVID woes of their own, but ride a three-game road win streak into Thursday’s contest after tallying a narrow 114-109 win in Toronto on Tuesday night.

Brooklyn is a 5-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 220.5.

76ers vs. Nets NBA Betting Odds

For the 16th time in 17 home dates this season, the Nets are pegged as betting favourites. Brooklyn has held steady since opening as 5-point chalk, while the total is pegged at 220.5.

Thursday night’s matchup at Barclays Center marks the third of four scheduled meetings this season between these Eastern Conference rivals. The Nets won and covered in each of their first two clashes, capped by 114-105 home victory as 2.5-point underdogs just two weeks ago. Brooklyn has now posted wins in three of four home dates with the 76ers, and has gone 4-1 against the spread in their past five overall meetings.

The Sixers have otherwise dominated in head-to-head action, topping Brooklyn in 14 of 21 dates since January 2018, and have won outright in three of six against Brooklyn while pegged as betting underdogs. However, both these teams have work to do to overcome struggles at the sportsbooks this season. The Sixers have covered in just five of their past 15 outings, while the Nets have compiled a dismal 1-8-1 against the spread record in their past 10 home contests.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers have also had to make do without key personnel due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The club hopes to have both Andre Drummond and Shake Milton back in the lineup against Brooklyn. The duo has been sidelined since testing positive for COVID-19 back on December 19. While Drummond’s return to practice on Wednesday is a strong indicator he may be ready to return, uncertainty continues to swirl around Milton’s status.

Regardless of the supporting cast, the 76ers will need another huge performance from Joel Embiid if they are to keep pace with the Nets. Embiid has been dominant over the holiday season, averaging 37.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game during the team’s current 3-0 run on the road.

Brooklyn Nets

There is little doubt that the Nets will get a big lift from Durant’s return to the lineup. The 33-year-old currently leads the league with 29.7 points per game, and averaged 37.5 points in four outings just prior to being sidelined. Durant has also been a force when facing the Sixers this season, averaging 31.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in their two previous meetings. But with Durant sidelined, James Harden has captured the spotlight, racking up 37.5 points, nine rebounds, and 12.5 assists per game to lead the team to its two recent wins. However, he has scored more than 20 points just once in his past four home appearances.

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