A pair of Atlantic Division foes take to the hardwood in the Big Apple. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they travel to face the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. Philadelphia was in action Wednesday night at home against the Wizards. In their previous contest, the 76ers rolled to a 118-101 home win over Charlotte to sweep a two-game set Monday night. Brooklyn cruised to an easy 130-96 home win over Utah Tuesday night in their most recent contest. The 76ers own a 116-84 advantage in the all-time regular-season series between the teams and took three of the four meetings last season. In the most recent meeting, the 76ers claimed a 112-104 overtime win at home on February 20, 2020.
Philadelphia 76ers Playing Second Game of Back-to-Back Situation
Philadelphia was in action at home as they faced the Wizards (won by five). That makes this their second game of a back-to-back situation and their third game in four nights here. The 76ers entered Wednesday holding the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 record. Philadelphia’s lone loss of the season going into Wednesday came in the second game of a back-to-back situation as they were walloped 118-94 by Cleveland on the road. Against Charlotte, the 76ers led by three after one quarter and by four with 3:08 to play in the half before closing the half on a 13-2 run to go up 58-43 at intermission. Philadelphia wasn’t threatened the rest of the way. The 76ers shot 48.4 percent from the field, including 11 of 32 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 55-46. Tobias Harris led seven Philadelphia players with 22 points in the contest.
For the year, Philadelphia is 14th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 111 points per contest this season. The 76ers are fifth in rebounding by pulling down 48.7 boards per game while they stand 9th in assists by dishing out 25.6 dimes a night. Philadelphia is excellent on the defensive end of the floor in the early going as they are second in the league by allowing 101.7 points per game. Joel Embiid leads the team with 23.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game this season. Tobias Harris contributes 19.3 points plus eight rebounds per contest while Seth Curry adds 15.4 points a night. Ben Simmons (13.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, seven assists) and Shake Milton (12 points) are averaging in double figures as well. Furkan Korkmaz, Danny Green, Dwight Howard, Tyrese Maxey, Mike Scott and Matisse Thybulle are key contributors for Philadelphia. The 76ers are 10th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 47.1 percent of their attempts from the floor. Philadelphia is 23rd as they connect on 11.6 three-pointers a game while the team is 19th in three-point shooting as they knock down 35.7 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc this year. Korkmaz has been out since December 28 with an adductor strain and is expected back sometime next week. Scott was out of Wednesday’s game with a knee injury.
Brooklyn Nets Working Through Shorthanded Situation
Brooklyn evened their record on the season as they delivered an emphatic beating on the Jazz at home Tuesday night. The Nets are dealing with missing some key personnel but you couldn’t tell that after the whipping they put down against Utah. Brooklyn jumped to an 11-2 edge out of the gate and never looked back. The Nets were up 35-14 after the opening quarter and weren’t challenged the rest of the way. Brooklyn shot a hot 55.9 percent from the field, including 14 of 36 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 51-42 margin. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 29 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win.
For the year, Brooklyn is second in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 119.5 points per game. The Nets are seventh in rebounding as they collect 47.9 boards a night while they are 12th by dishing out an average of 25.1 assists per contest. Brooklyn has been average on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 16th in the league by allowing 111.3 points a night. Kevin Durant leads the team with 28.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest this season. Kyrie Irving averages 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game while Caris LeVert puts up 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists a night. Joe Harris (13.4 points), Jarrett Allen (10.8 points, 11.6 rebounds), Landry Shamet, Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Taurean Prince are among the secondary options that Steve Nash has in a deep rotation. Brooklyn is 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.9 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Nets are seventh in the league by draining 14.4 three-pointers a night while they stand 7th in the league by sinking 38.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. The Nets lost Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially torn ACL against Charlotte December 27 and he is potentially done for the year. Durant is out for COVID-19 protocols and is expected to return sometime next week.