NBA Game of the Week: Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Thursday, February 20th - 8:00PM ET - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Betting Line: TBD

NBA All-Star Weekend is back! The NBA got it [mostly] right this year. From Stephen A. Smith getting T'd up during the Celebrity Game to the phenomenal Slam Dunk contest to the All-Star Game. All-Star Weekend was a complete success. My only wish is that no All-Star Game ever end on a free throw again. It was an anticlimactic finish to an otherwise amazing fourth quarter.

The NBA returns to action this Thursday with the following six games.

Bucks @ Pistons - 7:00pm
Heat @ Hawks - 7:30pm
Hornets @ Bulls - 8:00pm
Nets @ 76ers - 8:00pm
Grizzlies @ Kings - 10:00pm
Rockets @ Warriors - 10:30pm

*All times listed are in ET.

The Nets and Sixers will be the first leg of Thursday's TNT doubleheader. Houston and Golden State will close out the evening in the second game of the doubleheader.

The pair have gone head-to-head three times this season. Brooklyn won the first matchup at home 109-89. Philadelphia won the next two (home and away). Philly won the second game 117-106 and the third 117-111

The Nets won the two games prior to the break. They're 7-3 in their last 10 games. They're riing a 5-0 ATS streak and are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games. The Under is 6-4 in that span.

While that's impressive, the Nets have not been very impressive away from home. They're 9-16 on the road this season. They're 2-8 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 trips away from Barclay's Center. Brooklyn is averaging 105.8 points to 112.8 against in their last 10 road games.

Philadelphia has been a juggernaut at home. They're 25-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.

It's a good thing the Sixers will be home for this game. They went on a four-game road trip from January 30th through February 6th and lost every game. In that stretch they dropped games to Atlanta (127-117), Boston (116-95), Miami (137-106), and Milwaukee (112-101).

Following the road trip, they returned home to beat Memphis, Chicago, and the Clippers.

Philadelphia is 5-5 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games. They're 10-0 straight up and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games at home; a very different story.

The Sixers are chockful of talent. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons despite their known flaws are better than any Nets player. They've proven their dominance at home and there's no reason to doubt them in their own arena.

That dominance will continue on Thursday. Philadelphia is the pick for Thursday night.