Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (2-19) at Brooklyn Nets (8-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -7.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, CSNP
The Brooklyn Nets look to capitalize on a winnable home game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers are just 2-19 on the year, but both of those wins have come on the road and also in the most recent four game stretch. The Sixers picked up those road wins against the Timberwolves and Pistons, teams that really aren’t much worse than the Nets at the moment given Brooklyn’s injury situation. Philadelphia enters this contest ranking last in the league in scoring with just 91.3 points per game, which is especially staggering considering their generally fast pace. The main issue for the Sixers is committing turnovers, as the team ranks last while committing 18.4 per game. Leading the Sixers active roster in scoring is PG Michael Carter-Williams with 15.7 points per game. Carter-Williams also adds 7.5 assists and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds, but five turnovers per game on top of those numbers has hurt the team’s cause. The Sixers could certainly gain from Nerlens Noel improving upon his 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his rookie campaign as the interior presence has been lacking for this team. SG Tony Wroten is expected to miss his seventh consecutive game here with a knee injury which really hurts the team’s scoring output. Defensively, the Sixers rank 25th while allowing 103.6 points per game.
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The Brooklyn Nets had big plans for this season but so far it has been a bust with an 8-12 record that includes a 4-6 mark at the Barclays Center. The Nets enter this contest on a three game losing streak and injuries have really been at the forefront of the team’s recent struggles. The Nets rank 22nd in the league while averaging 96 points per game, but the team’s second and third leading scorers in center Brook Lopez and SF Joe Johnson have missed consecutive contests and are likely to miss this contest as well. PG Deron Williams leads the team with 17.1 points and 6.4 assists per game, but the team doesn’t boast great reserve talent at the other positions to supplement the load presently. Kevin Garnett leads the team in rebounding with 8.2 per game but he could be yet another addition to a growing injury list after not practicing on Thursday with a foot injury. Defensively, the Nets rank 17th while allowing 100.3 points per game.
The Nets will be going deep into their bench but honestly against a team like the Sixers some of those Nets bench guys will actually be better talent-wise than the top-end of the Sixers rotation. I expect a sloppy game here which should put the Sixers in an optimal position with 7.5 points.