First James Harden, and now Kevin Durant. The Nets are getting another look at the two-star combo as Durant returns from a two-week COVID absence. If his return is anything like Harden’s, then the 76ers are in some trouble. Do not count Philadelphia out quite yet, as they are looking for their third straight victory and fourth consecutive road game with a win. That has been fueled by the healthy Joel Embiid. Tobias Harris will also shoulder a lot of the scoring, trying to rebound from a brutal night shooting when these teams played the first time. The best place to shop everything from game totals to first quarter spreads to player props is OddsShopper — the 100 percent free tool to use that also combines Awesemo’s projections.
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76ers First Quarter Moneyline (+140, Caesars)
Bettors can sort by halves down to quarter moneyline on OddsShopper, and this game provides a great pathway to clearing plus money on the 76ers early on in the game. LaMarcus Aldridge is back, but that hurts the Nets down low against Embiid. He is on an absolute tear with plenty of time to get in shape after his own bout with COVID. The Nets are bringing back a center to guard Embiid, who sat out with COVID and has some conditioning concerns tonight. The game plan right away for the 76ers will be to pound the paint or stretch the floor with Embiid — either way, he is winning this first quarter on his own.
DeAndre’ Bembry Under 12.5 Points/Rebounds/Assists (-110, DraftKings)
Durant’s return is going to sink a lot of player’s production outside of Harden, and DeAndre Bembry is no exception. OddsShopper has the top three plays in this game — sorted by percentage — as Bembry’s points, rebounds, then assists. Awesemo has Bembry projected for just under 4 points compared to the 6.5-point line. His rebounds are lower too, a 2.4 projection by versus the 3.5 on the books. Even his assists are lower, with a 0.9 projection under the 1.5 at the book. Combining the projections and taking the under 12.5 points/rebounds/assists goes nearly five full points/rebounds/assists lower than the book. There are the top three plays on OddsShopper, so combine them with a points/rebounds/assists play instead of risking each individually or in a same-game parlay.
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Tyrese Maxey Under 16.5 Points (-110, FanDuel)
Maxey comes off one of the worst scoring performances in his career, finishing in single digits with a season-low 5 points. He should bounce back, but not to the extent of smashing this number. Going from 5 to 13 or 14 points is a significant improvement but still stays under this total. OddsShopper has this with a 61% chance of going under and would make sense with the game flow of both Embiid and Harris being the top scoring options. Maxey may also be called upon to slow down Harden more than keeping up with his scoring. These are all good reasons to expect less than 16.5 points tonight from Maxey.
Tobias Harris Over 7.5 Rebounds (+105, DraftKings)
Harris comes off his first career triple-double, and OddsShopper likes this play a lot. Harris should still be able to carve out 9 to 10 rebounds against a squad returning key players up front off the COVID list. The bet itself has an 59% but has a 27% expected ROI back. There is some risk, but play the hot hand when it comes to Harris, as it certainly will not last forever. Before this last game of 12, Harris put up seven boards in three of four games — clearly hovering around this number. The book is playing the regression, while the Awesemo projection has him just over eight.
Kevin Durant Double-Double/Nets Moneyline (+310, FanDuel)
The Nets are going to win this game even if they cannot cover the 5.5-point line. They are -220 on FanDuel on the moneyline, combined with the individual play of +170 for Durant to notch a double-double. The combination of those two plays with those odds would get a return of 293 on a $100 bet. The edge in combining these two plays for a +310 payout is obvious. The return seems a little off for how strong of a favorite the Nets are, combined with Durant hitting a double-double in four of seven games played in December before going out with COVID. Keep an ear to the street to see if there is a pitch count on Durant’s minutes.
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