Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Oct 22, 2021

Philadelphia's season-opening win was a welcome break from all the Ben Simmons drama for Sixers fans, but can they keep the momentum going against a Brooklyn team dealing with their own star player's issues?

October 22, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center

After being blown out by Milwaukee in their season opener, the Brooklyn Nets are headed to Philadelphia to face a 76ers team that took down New Orleans in their own opening game.  Both teams are dealing with off-court drama, as Kyrie Irving remains unavailable for the Nets because of his COVID vaccine refusal and Ben Simmons remains determined to be traded out of Philly.

Brooklyn is a 1-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 230.

Nets vs. 76ers NBA Betting Odds

Despite a loss in their lone trip to Brooklyn last season, the Sixers got the best of the Nets overall, winning both meetings between these teams in Philadelphia.  That hasn’t deterred Sports Interaction bettors, however, as 87 per cent of action is taking Brooklyn.  The Under is favoured by about 63 per cent of bettors.  It’s worth noting though, five of the last six games in this head-to-head have gone Over.

For whatever reason, the Nets can’t seem to figure Philadelphia out.  Brooklyn is just 1-5 straight up in their last six games against the 76ers overall and they’ve lost six straight road games in Philadelphia.  They’re 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games against the Sixers.  The total has gone Over in six of Brooklyn’s last nine games in the month of October.

Philadelphia should be happy to be heading back to Wells Fargo Center, as they’re 8-3 SU in their last 11 home games.  They’re 4-1 ATS in their last five October games and 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games.  Dating back to last season, the total has gone Under in five straight games for the 76ers.

Brooklyn Nets

The biggest storyline in Brooklyn is the stalemate between Irving and the Nets organization regarding his refusal to get the COVID vaccine.  A New York mandate means Irving is not eligible to play in any home games until he is vaccinated and Brooklyn has opted to keep him out of all games and practices until that happens.  There’s no telling when this saga will end, but it’s doesn’t look like it will be anytime soon.

This will be the Nets’ second consecutive road game to open the season, after getting bounced in Milwaukee, 127-104.  It was a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, that saw Brooklyn blow a 2-0 series lead.  They trailed the Bucks 31-12 in the first quarter on Tuesday and never got within seven points the rest of the way.  Rebounding was a big issue, as the Nets lost the battle 55-44.  Kevin Durant led the team with a game-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four assists.  James Harden finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Philadelphia 76ers

The drama regarding Simmons’ trade demand has only intensified after the disgruntled star was heavily fined and kicked out of practice for “conduct detrimental to the team”.  He was also suspended for the season-opener and it’s unclear if he’ll eventually return to the lineup.

Philly didn’t seem to miss Simmons in their season-opener, taking down the Pelicans 117-97.  Joel Embiid had a team-high 22 points, with six rebounds and five assists.  Coming off the bench, Furkan Korkmaz matched Embiid’s 22 points and added five assists.  Korkmaz nailed four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the game away.  Tyrese Maxey filled in for Simmons and finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

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