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Sixers vs. Nets 2021 NBA Odds and Preview – December 16th, 2021

By Carlos Chacon

The Philadelphia 76ers step inside the Barclays Center to compete against the Brooklyn Nets. It’s been a rough few days for the Sixers following two defeats at the hands of the Grizzlies and the Heat. This was after they served the Warriors their fifth loss of the season. Nonetheless, it’s going to be challenging to take on a Nets team riding on three consecutive wins in front of their home crowd.

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Sixers vs. Nets Game Information

  • When: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: WPEN 97.5 (Sixers) / Sports Radio 66 (Nets)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: Sixers (+1) / Nets (-1)

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Why Bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?

The Sixers head to the road following a loss against the Heat. The Sixers now have a 15-14 record, good for just seventh place in the East.

The team recently fell prey to the Heat. They trailed by double-digits in the first quarter and attempted to close the gap in the second half. Although their fourth-quarter numbers overwhelmed the Heat, it was not enough to take the lead. The Sixers lost 101-96.

As a team, the Sixers record relatively low numbers for a roster packed with talent. They average 106.0 points (21st) per game on 45.8% shooting (15th). On defense, the side allows 105.5 points (13th) per game. This is where the team makes up for the erratic offensive numbers in recent weeks.

All starters are locked and loaded for Thursday’s game. The team looks at Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris for scoring duties, while Seth Curry, Matisse Thybulle, and Tyrese Maxey provide support.

Why Bet on the Brooklyn Nets?

The Nets are coming off a victory against the Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant paved the way for the Nets’ offense. He led the charge after allowing the Raptors a 44-point run in the third quarter. To close the gap, Nets’ guard Patty Mills forced the overtime with a clutch shot from downtown. Eventually, the hosts overpowered the Raptors 11 points to nine in OT.

Their recent win brings their winning streak to three games. We expect the Nets to overpower the Sixers on offense. They average 110.1 points (tenth) per game on 46.6% shooting. Additionally, the team records a 53.4% effective field goal percentage and is well within the top ten in the league right now.

Defensively, the Nets allow 106.6 opponent points (12th) per game. This should worry a Sixers team that averages 106 PPG. Despite averaging just 52.9 total rebounds (17th) per game, the side holds one of the best defensive rebounding stats in the league at 36.5 defensive boards (fifth) per game.

The team produced positive results despite a severely banged-up roster due to injuries and the league’s health and safety protocols. The Nets lose three starters in this game, including James Harden, DeAndre’ Bembry, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Nicolas Claxton, David Duke, and Blake Griffin are expected to cover for the absences on Thursday.

Sixers vs. Nets Betting Trends

  • The Sixers are 3-3 in their last six regular-season road games against the Nets (2-4 ATS).
  • The Sixers are 3-2 in their last six regular-season road games (2-3 ATS).
  • The totals went over in three of the Sixers’ last five regular-season road games against the Nets.
  • The Nets are 8-2 in their last ten regular-season games at the Barclays Center (2-8 ATS).
  • The Nets are 2-3 in their last five regular-season games against the Sixers (3-2 ATS).
  • The totals have gone under in five of the Nets’ last ten regular-season home games against the Sixers.

Sixers vs. Nets Expert Betting Prediction

The Sixers and the Nets game is a highly-anticipated contest. However, with several players sidelined for the Nets, the visitors can take advantage of the lack of firepower. However, given the inconsistency of the 76ers as a team, Brooklyn remains the slight favorites. Phillies starting rotation introduces solid names, but their bench tends to be lacking at times. They stand a good chance of covering the spread, and a win is not off the table as long as they can put pressure on the Nets’ offense.

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