The Philadelphia 76ers halted a four-game skid by routing the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night and will look to make it three consecutive victories when they host the Nets on Friday. With eight games left in the regular season, Philadelphia trails the Boston Celtics by three games in the Atlantic Division and holds a one-game edge over the New York Knicks for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have won nine of the last 10 meetings.
Nets 76ers Betting
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 13, 2012
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: 7 p.m. ET, YES, CSP
The Opening Line is: Philadelphia 76ers Point Spread -11.5 (-110) Money line -11.5 Total 186.5 Click here to Bet at Bovada
New Jersey Nets (21-38): New Jersey had won two straight and five of seven before getting blown out at Philadelphia on Tuesday, a loss that eliminated the team from playoff contention for the fifth consecutive season. The Nets, already playing without Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmar, were further depleted when Gerald Wallace was sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in Monday’s win over Cleveland. Wallace had scored in double figures in seven of the previous eight games.
Philadelphia 76ers (31-27): Philadelphia clobbered Toronto on Wednesday to win back-to-back games for the first time in exactly one month. Coach Doug Collins retooled his starting lineup during the week, benching starting center Spencer Hawes in favor of rookie Nikola Vucevic. Hawes, who has missed half the team’s 58 games due to injury, had 19 points and eight rebounds against the Nets and added 10 points against the Raptors. He had failed to reach double figures in four of his previous six games.
1. The Sixers had beaten the Nets eight straight times until losing in overtime at home on Jan. 25.
2. Nets F Kris Humphries had 20 points and 10 boards against the Sixers on Tuesday, his fifth double-double in six games.
3. Philadelphia has not had a winning season since 2004-05.
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