Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/5/14
Brooklyn Nets (40-34) at Philadelphia 76ers (16-59)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +12 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, CSN
The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers will wrap up their four-game series with a matchup on Saturday. The Nets lead the series 2-1.
The Nets have won eight of their last 11 games in hopes of finding a way to clinch home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Nets are still a couple games behind the Chicago Bulls for the fourth seed. On the season, the Nets average 98.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allow 99.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting. The Nets welcomed Andrei Kirilenko back to the lineup, and he dished out four assists in 19 minutes of play in a victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday. The Brooklyn Nets are 40-34 ATS overall and 16-20 ATS on the road.
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The 76ers have won two of their last four games, including a 111-102 win on Friday over the Boston Celtics. On the season, the 76ers average 98.9 points on 43 percent shooting and allow 110.1 points on 46.9 percent shooting. The 76ers have only won two games since January 29th. While everything seems to be going bad for the 76ers, Henry Sims is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and is averaging 16.2 points in his last five games. The Philadelphia 76ers are 30-45 ATS overall and 12-27 ATS at home.
The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The 76ers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-23 ATS in their last 30 home games. The Nets are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings, while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I don’t like this line with where it is at, but if forced to pick, I’d go ahead and take the 76ers and points. Philly is playing with a little more confidence since snapping its massive losing streak and should be able to do enough to keep the game under single digits. After all, we’re not sure who the Nets are going to play considering they just played on Friday and usually like to rest guys on a back-to-back.