On Thursday night, the Sixers and Nets meet for the first time this season. This was set to be a star-studded affair, however Brooklyn will be without superstar Kevin Durant. Let’s get into our Sixers-Nets betting preview, including odds, boosts, and picks.
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The Sixers and Nets entered the 2020-21 season coming off a disappointing season relative to preseason expectations. Many pundits believed the Sixers had a chance to be a Top-2 team in the Eastern conference a season ago, but limped into the playoffs as a disappointing sixth seed.
Despite finishing just behind the Sixers in the standings, Brooklyn finished 7.5 games behind Philadelphia, finishing off a season that ended without Kyrie Irving due to a shoulder injury and Kevin Durant, who was recovering from a torn Achilles.
Fast forward to this season and the Sixers -after some off-season retooling that added legitimate perimeter shooting- find themselves at 7-1 at the top of the Eastern Conference. That floor-spacing has unlocked space for Ben Simmons to attack and kick out to a rejuvinated Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and Danny Green. It’s also been critical for franchise center Joel Embiid, who’s been playing like an early MVP candidate.
The Nets, meanwhile, are in eighth place in the East at 4-4. After ripping through two preseason games, Brooklyn started the regular season 2-0 with huge wins over Golden State and Boston. That was followed by a two-game losing streak, followed by a split of a a two-game series with Atlanta, a one-point loss to Washington, and a 34-point blowout of the Utah Jazz. Brooklyn’s issue in this game is the absence of Kevin Durant, who’s in the midst of a 7-day quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.
Sixers vs. Nets Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Nets at DraftKings Sportsbook PA:
- Spread: Sixers -1.5, Nets +1.5
- Moneyline: Sixers -121, Nets +102
- Total: 226