The Philadelphia 76ers (20-7) put their five-game winning streak on the line when they meet the Brooklyn Nets (13-12) at Barclays Center. The game starts at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019, and will air on YES Network.
The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 217.5 points with Philadelphia set as a 4.5-point favorite.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Prediction
In the 76ers’ last game, they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 116-109, resulting in a push. The game’s total points (225) finished just over the projected point total of 222.5. Philadelphia had a better effective field goal percentage (0.534 vs. 0.483). New Orleans, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (24.0 vs. 21.4). Philadelphia was led by Ben Simmons, who put up 24 points and 11 assists.
The Nets were beaten by the Toronto Raptors in their last contest, 110-102, but did cover as 9.5-point underdogs. The game’s total points (212) were under the projected point total of 216.5. Toronto was effective at getting and making free throws. The Raptors made 20 of their 25 free throws (80.0 percent), while the Nets were 12-17 (70.6 percent). Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting.
After the 76ers won six out of nine matchups against the Nets last season, these teams will clash for the first time this year. In the most recent matchup, Philadelphia won 122-100. The 76ers’ offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Nets. Philadelphia had a rate of 25.6, while Brooklyn posted a mark of 16.7.
Philadelphia holds records of 20-7 straight up (SU) and 13-11-3 against the spread (ATS). Of the 76ers’ 27 games, 13 have finished under the projected point total.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn owns records of 13-12 SU and 13-10-1 ATS. Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Nets games, with 11 overs compared to 11 unders.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Nets rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (24.5 percent), while Philadelphia ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage (82.2 percent).
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
Philadelphia is 6-6-1 ATS on the road with 7 overs, 5 unders and 1 push.
At home, Brooklyn is 7-5 ATS with 6 unders, 5 overs and 1 push.
Philadelphia is 10-0 when they allow under 100 points, while Brooklyn is 2-0.
The 76ers are 17-4 when they score more than 100 points, while the Nets are 13-10.
Brooklyn ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (37.6) while Philadelphia ranks 27th (29.3).
The 76ers rank second in steals per game (8.7) while the Nets rank 22nd (6.8).
Philadelphia ranks second in second chance points allowed per game (10.8) while Brooklyn ranks 20th (13.5).
The 76ers rank fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while the Nets rank 20th (5.3).
Philadelphia ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (39.3) while Brooklyn ranks 13th (45.5).
The 76ers rank third in assists per game (26.7) while the Nets rank 14th (24.2).
Philadelphia ranks third in fast break points allowed per game (12.0) while Brooklyn ranks 12th (12.8).
The Nets rank fourth in points in the paint per game (51.4) while the 76ers rank 11th (48.1).
Philadelphia ranks 17th in points off turnovers per game (17.2) while Brooklyn ranks 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.2).
Over its last five outings, Philadelphia is 3-0-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS with 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push over its last five games.
The 76ers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.2, up from 6.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 111.2 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 109.4 points per game (3.4 below their season average).