Sixers vs. Hornets Betting Odds, Picks, Prediction (December 8, 2021)

Sixers vs. Hornets Betting
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On Wednesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will be in Charlotte to take on the Hornets for the second straight game. The Sixers beat the Hornets in overtime on Monday night. Both teams are now two games over .500.

Let’s get into our Sixers vs. Hornets betting pick with player prop predictions, odds, and analysis for this December 8, 2021 matchup.

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Sixers vs. Hornets Betting Pick (December 8, 2021)

The Sixers and Hornets are playing again in Charlotte tonight after playing each other in Charlotte two nights ago. Initially, we thought that the off day between these games was compulsory because the Hornets had played Sunday night in Atlanta, and NBA teams don’t play three games in three nights. But we looked at the Collective Bargaining Agreement (which is 598 pages long, and has more legalese in it than standard English), and weirdly, there is nothing in that agreement that forbids the league from scheduling a team to play three consecutive nights. 

Most likely, the league avoids having any one team play three consecutive nights because if it hangs that albatross on one team in the league, it probably needs to find a way to do it to all of them to keep the competitive balance right. It was easier in this instance just to have the teams hang out in Charlotte for an extra day and play tonight. Also, as noted by the league’s own website, this two-game series model – which arose initially from a desire to limit travel during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic – is “here to stay.”

A few of those back-to-backs are two-game series, where two teams play two straight games in the same arena. Having been introduced last season to reduce travel in the condensed schedule, the two-game series are back to make the regular season a little less of a grind.

Which got us thinking: Why isn’t this back-to-back scheduling more common in the NBA? Multiple game series are a staple in Major League Baseball, which is a function of having to play 162 games in six months. The National Hockey League often has teams play home-and-home series, especially with division rivals in close geographic proximity. Why wouldn’t, say, the Sixers and the Boston Celtics or the Sixers and the Washington Wizards play multiple back-to-back two game series in a season?

The answer is probably the unspoken shrug that a lot of fans have on seeing, maybe for the first time, that the Sixers are playing the Hornets again tonight. NBA fans are used to variety. If a game is bad, well, wait a night or two or three and your favorite team will be playing some other team and maybe that game will be better. Here, we’re getting two flawed, lower tier playoff teams playing what projects to be the exact same sort of game they played against each other on Monday night: high-scoring, reasonably close, and pretty sloppy at times. At least they’re not playing each other again for a month after this.

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Sixers vs. Hornets Odds

Here’s the line for the Sixers and Hornets at FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • Point Spread: Sixers -6 (-110), Hornets +6 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Sixers -250, Hornets +205
  • Total: 215.5

Bets We Like With a Sixers Win

Sixers to Win and Over 215.5 Total Points (+159, FanDuel Sportsbook)

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This parlay hit on Monday night and, if you think the Sixers are going to win the game, there is absolutely no reason to believe that the over won’t hit again. After losing 127-124 on Monday night, the Hornets remain first in the league in points scored and dead last in the league in points given up. The Hornets are missing the same three key contributors (LaMelo Ball, Mason Plumlee and Terry Rozier) that were out on Monday night. If you find a reason to think this game will go under, it’s because you went looking for it.

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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome

Joel Embiid Over 27.5 Points (-115, Caesars Sportsbook)

Embiid had 43 points on Monday night and had beaten his points prop well before the game got to overtime. Yeah, these two props listed so far are straight repeats from Monday night. So what? It’s the same two teams, and the Hornets still don’t have anyone active who can meaningfully contest Embiid’s shot.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Over 21.5 Points (-110, DraftKings Sportsbook)

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Oubre Jr. had a 35-point outburst on Monday night and, for a while, looked like he might carry the Hornets to the upset. This is a certifiably hot player right now. Oubre Jr. has scored 177 points over his last seven games, scoring more than 21.5 points five times in that stretch and scoring 21 in one of the other two games. Oubre Jr. will probably regress to the mean once Ball and Rozier come back, but until then, he’s going to get a lot of looks and he’s likely to keep scoring in bunches.

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Miles Bridges Over 7.5 Rebounds (-127, Barstool Sportsbook)

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Bridges is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game this season and is coming off a substandard performance on Monday night which was still pretty effective (16 points, six rebounds and six assists). Bridges is playing a lot of minutes in the absence of the Hornets’ COVID protocol guys, and should hit this rebound prop with comparative ease given the likelihood that he will again play about 40 minutes.

Sixers vs. Hornets Prediction

We made some of that juicy parlay cash on Monday night picking the Sixers and the over. But pigs get fed and hogs get slaughtered. Tonight’s game promises to bear a lot of similarities to Monday night’s game, but as we saw, the Sixers needed overtime to win that game and the outcome was in doubt right to the end. The Hornets aren’t a great team, but they’re unlikely to lose big tonight after losing small on Monday. They’re a tempting play outright but let’s just take those points.

Pick: Hornets +6 (-110, Barstool Sportsbook)

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