Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers – NBA, Thursday, March 10, 2022
It’s one of the most anticipated NBA matchups of the season as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Philadelphia 76ers. This will be the first time the teams play since the blockbuster trade that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ben Simmons won’t play, but he should hear a chorus of boos from the Philadelphia crowd. Simmons will steal the headlines, but this is a big game for both teams. The Nets will aim to win the season series, as they’ve defeated the 76ers twice.
The top NBA betting sites give us the odds for Thursday night’s showdown.
Nets vs. 76ers Odds for March 10th
The Brooklyn Nets open as a (+4.5) point underdog. That might be a little low, considering the Nets have lost 17 of their last 21 games. That rough stretch reflects in their betting trends.
Brooklyn has failed to cover the spread in five of their last eight games. Overall, they’re 26-38-2 against the spread. The Portland Trail Blazers are the only team to cover fewer than 26 times this season.
We don’t have the point total on the board, but both teams have favored the over lately. That’s something to keep in mind as the sportsbooks update the odds.
We know Ben Simmons won’t play, but the Nets will also be without LaMarcus Aldridge and David Duke Jr. The 76ers won’t have Danny Green as he recently suffered a finger injury.
Which Eastern Conference team will pick up a much-needed win? Let’s check out my game preview. If you’re ready to bet based on the odds right now, however, head over to BetOnline to get some skin in the game.
Brooklyn Nets Preview
What has happened to the Brooklyn Nets? They entered the season as NBA Finals favorites, but they’ve taken a nosedive down the standings. Brooklyn was 29-16 on January 21, but this losing skid has them 33-33.
The biggest issue for the Nets has been injuries. Kevin Durant missed a month and a half with a knee injury, while James Harden dealt with a hamstring injury. Harden is now with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Durant returned a few games ago.
Kyrie Irving remains ineligible to play home games, but he’ll be good to go in Philadelphia. Speaking of Irving, he is coming off his best game of the season.
- 50 points
- 6 assists
- 3 rebounds
- 15-19 field goal shooting
- 9-12 three-point shooting
The Charlotte Hornets had no answer for Irving. Despite their recent skid, the post-NBA All-Star NBA Finals odds have the Nets as one of the top contenders. I’d say that has to do with a healthy Durant and Irving.
Durant had a rough game on Tuesday, but he scored over 30 points in his first two games back from the knee injury. He has been a thorn in the 76ers side this season.
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I should note that Irving hasn’t played the 76ers. He’ll be there to help take the pressure off Durant. Together, they can defeat one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets scored a nice victory on Tuesday night, but they need to string together a few wins. They are eighth in the Eastern Conference, 5.5 games behind the No. 6 seed Cleveland Cavaliers.
A victory over the 76ers could jumpstart a run to the top six.
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t have a great start to the season, but over the last two months, they’ve surged to the top of the Eastern Conference. Now we can’t focus on that 76ers team because it looks much different now.
James Harden came over at the NBA trade deadline and has played five games with the team. Harden has made a significant impact, especially as a playmaker. However, another player has caught my interest.
Tyrese Maxey has taken his game to another level. Check out his scoring numbers in five games with Harden.
- @ Minnesota Timberwolves: 28 points
- @ New York Knicks: 21 points
- Vs. New York Knicks: 25 points
- Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 33 points
- Vs. Chicago Bulls: 17 points
Defenses can’t key in on Maxey because of Harden and Joel Embiid. Philadelphia’s big three is why I have the 76ers finishing first in the Eastern Conference in my 2022 NBA playoff predictions.
Philadelphia has yet to lose a game with Harden in the lineup.
It’s hard to look at the 76ers’ past games against the Nets because Harden was on the other side. Seth Curry also had a good game, and he is now with the Nets. Embiid didn’t do much in the first matchup, but he put up great numbers in the last two.
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In the last matchup, Embiid had some help as Maxey put up 25 points and seven rebounds. The Nets will have their hands full with Embiid, Harden, and Maxey.
We should have a fun matchup on Thursday night. Who will come out on top? Let’s check out my game pick.
Nets vs. 76ers Pick
Brooklyn Nets (+4.5)-110
Lately, the Philadelphia 76ers have been a much better team, but with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, we can’t discount the Brooklyn Nets. I think the Nets will keep it close, if not win.
I wouldn’t blame you if you took the value and bet on the Nets to win outright. It’s intriguing and could result in a big payout.
There are only two NBA games on Thursday night, with the Nets vs. 76ers on TNT at 7:30 p.m. ET. Our NBA picks page continues to update bettors with game picks, prop bets, and more.