The Brooklyn Nets (13-12) will attempt to snap the five-game winning streak of Philadelphia when they welcome the 76ers (20-7) to Barclays Center. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 217.5 points with Philadelphia set as a 4.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview
In the 76ers’ last matchup, they were victorious over the New Orleans Pelicans, 116-109, resulting in a push. With 24 points and 11 assists, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons played well. Philadelphia’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over New Orleans. The 76ers had a rate of 0.534 (below their season average of 0.540), while the Pelicans posted a mark of 0.483. The two teams combined to put up 225 points, which came in just over the O/U total of 222.5.
Although the Nets were beaten by the Toronto Raptors in their last game, 110-102, they did cover as 9.5-point underdogs. Spencer Dinwiddie was Brooklyn’s leading scorer with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Toronto did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (20-25; 80.0 percent). Brooklyn, on the other hand, held the Raptors to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below the 23.5 mark opponents have averaged against Brooklyn this season). The two teams collectively scored 212 points, which was under the O/U total of 216.5.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the 76ers won six out of nine meetings last season. In the most recent game, Philadelphia won 122-100. The 76ers’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Nets. Philadelphia had a rate of 25.6, while Brooklyn posted a mark of 16.7.
Of Philadelphia’s 27 games, 13 have finished under the O/U total, while 11 of Brooklyn’s 24 games have finished over the O/U total. The 76ers have the sizable advantage straight up (SU) (20-7 vs. 13-12), but the Nets have the better against the spread (ATS) record (13-10-1 vs. 13-11-3).
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Nets are among the league’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking fourth in offensive rebounding percentage at 24.5 percent. Meanwhile, Philadelphia ranks first in the league at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 82.2 percent.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Free Prediction
NBA Pick: SU Winner – 76ers, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
The 76ers rank fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while the Nets rank 20th (5.3).
Philadelphia ranks third in fast break points allowed per game (12.0) while Brooklyn ranks 12th (12.8).
Philadelphia ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (39.3) while Brooklyn ranks 13th (45.5).
Philadelphia averages 17.2 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 17th in the league. Brooklyn ranks 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.2).
Brooklyn is 7-5 ATS at home, while Philadelphia is 6-6-1 ATS on the road.
In 13 road games, the 76ers have 7 overs, 5 unders and 1 push.
In 12 home games, the Nets have 6 unders, 5 overs and 1 push.
When holding opponents under 100 points, Brooklyn is 2-0 and Philadelphia is 10-0.
The 76ers are 17-4 when they reach the century mark, while the Nets are 13-10.
The 76ers rank third in assists per game (26.7) while the Nets rank 14th (24.2).
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).
The Nets rank fourth in points in the paint per game (51.4) while the 76ers rank 11th (48.1).
Philadelphia ranks second in second chance points allowed per game (10.8) while Brooklyn ranks 20th (13.5).
Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS with 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push in its last five games.
Over its last five games, Philadelphia is 3-0-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Brooklyn has been defeated by an average of 0.8 points.
During their last five games, the 76ers have scored an average of 115.8 points per game (5.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 101.6 points per game (2.3 below their season average).