The top half of the Eastern Conference seems to be taking care of itself rather nicely. The Milwaukee Bucks have what looks to be an unassailable 4-game lead over the Toronto Raptors, who in turn look assured of the #2 seed. The Philadelphia 76ers appears to have locked in the #3 spot, leaving the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics to fight it out for the #4 seed that ensures home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
The 5 teams that we just mentioned have all punched their playoff tickets, but there is some serious madness going on in the battle for the remaining 3 spots, as the gap between #6 and #10 in the Eastern Conference is just 2 games. We are at the stage of the season now where there is very little margin for error for those teams not yet officially in the postseason. The Brooklyn Nets are one of those teams, and while they are currently in the #6 spot, they could fall back to the pack with a loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night. The 76ers are in as a 7 ½ point home favorite for this one.
How to Bet Nets vs 76ers NBA Lines & Expert Pick
📊 NBA Ranks: 📊Joe Harris | 1st in 3P% (46.6%)@Dloading | 11th in APG (7.0)@eddavisXVII | 1st in REB off the bench (635) More in our Stat Survey presented by @Infor: https://t.co/yWFCxt7yxM pic.twitter.com/FKHjqecXAi — Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) 27 de marzo de 2019
- When: Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
- TV: NBA TV
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Lines: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 (Total 232.5)
Why bet on the Brooklyn Nets?
The Brooklyn Nets are sitting a game above .500 ahead of this one, a record that has them in the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but far from assured as a playoff team. There are 5 teams within 2 games of the Nets coming down the stretch, and while time is running out for them to close the gap on Brooklyn, the pressure is very much still there.
Given the current standings, you might automatically chalk this one up as a sure win for Philly, but the Nets have been good against the 76ers this season, taking 2 of 3, including an OT win in their last visit to Philadelphia. Road games have still been a little problematic for this team, though, as they are 4 games below .500 away from home. Brooklyn is 11-21 SU as a road dog and 18-14 ATS in those games.
- Total Score: 112.05
- Field Goal Percentage: 44.91
- Three-Point Percentage: 35.32
- Free Throw Percentage: 74.48
- Total Rebounds: 46.19
- Total Score: 112.36
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.56
- Three-Point Percentage: 33.89
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.10
- Total Rebounds: 46.43
Why bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?
While the 76ers are not yet officially in as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, it certainly looks as though that is where they are going to land. That said, they appear to have taken their foot off the gas a little, as they are coming into this one on the heels of back to back losses.
Both of those defeats came on the road against teams that you would expect them to beat, so the hope here is that they will get some of their mojo back once they set foot on home-court, where the 76ers have gone an impressive 29-9 this season. As we said earlier, though, they have already dropped a game to Brooklyn at home, so this is definitely not an easy game. The 76ers are just 18-19 ATS as a home favorite despite all those wins.
- Total Score: 115.11
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.09
- Three-Point Percentage: 35.79
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.87
- Total Rebounds: 47.49
- Total Score: 112.14
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.37
- Three-Point Percentage: 33.87
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.24
- Total Rebounds: 43.49
Nets vs 76ers NBA Betting Trends
- Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Brooklyn is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Brooklyn’s last 11 games
- Philadelphia is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Philadelphia is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Nets vs 76ers
The 76ers will be disappointed with their performance on that short road trip, so I am expecting them to come out and try and dictate the game from the off on Thursday night. I like them to get the win quite comfortably, covering the spread in the process.
Score: Brooklyn Nets 112 – Philadelphia 76ers 122