Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game on TNT. Ben Simmons makes his return to Philadelphia as he faces his old team the Sixers for the first time since being traded away. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
We got to worst possible news from Philadelphia ahead of tonight’s game. Joel Embiid has been ruled out for the next two games with a foot injury, joining Tyrese Maxey and James Harden on the sidelines. Injuries have caught up to the Sixers and we’re not even in December. At just 5-5 at Wells Fargo Center, Philly has been nothing more than average over the first month of the season.
Now, without their 3 best players they face a Nets squad which they’ve beaten in 6 of the last 10 meetings, however that record goes out the window with the Sixers being so shorthanded here. Philly comes into tonight’s game as 7-point underdogs, they’ve covered in 5 games in a row at home. Tobias Harris now becomes the number one scoring option, he might go for 30+ in tonight’s game.
The Nets are a complete opposite of the 76ers, at least when it comes to injuries. The only player missing on their roster is T.J. Warren, but he has been out for the entire season so far, so they won’t miss him too much here. Kevin Durant is playing at a high level, Kyrie Irving is back from his suspension and Ben Simmons is finally starting to show his true potential.
Over his last 3 games he is averaging 16 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game while shooting a staggering 84% from the field. He’s picked his game up just in the right time as he faces his old team in their own arena for the first time. The Nets are huge favorites here and for a good reason. They’ve gone 6-3 SU in their last 9 games and have covered the spread 7 times.
How can you not go with the Nets here? Philly is without their 3 main players, we just saw the Warriors get demolished by more than 40 points as they rested their 3 best players. Go with Brooklyn with confidence here.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions & Odds
The 76ers currently have 77.2 points per game out with injuries, that’s more than 70% of their season average of 108.6 points per game. Even with those 3 players they rank only 28th in the NBA in scoring, playing at a really slow pace and averaging just 98 possessions per game which ranks 25th in the league. The Nets are right around the same number averaging 98.8 per game which is just 3 spots above Philly. Over the past couple of weeks we have seen some really good defensive efforts by this team, but with Kyrie Irving coming back they might struggle a bit more on that end.
Still, I think we won’t see that many points scored tonight simply because the Sixers don’t have many options on offense to get buckets right now. Brooklyn is 8-3 on the under in their last 11 games, including 6-2 on the road in their last 8 games. Philadelphia has also gone under in 5 of 7 overall and in 4 of 6 vs the Nets. Every single trend is pointing to a lower scoring game here, so let’s go with that.