The NBA is set up with another action packed night on January 7. Five games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. These two teams have earned hot starts to the season and will look to keep it going. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.
The 76ers have earned a record of 7-1 throughout this season, which has them in the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has won five games in a row, including one over the Washington Wizards last night. The 76ers will look to come out quick in this one to avoid a slow start. If Philadelphia can come out quick in this one, they could knock off the Nets.
Brooklyn has posted a record of 4-4 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. The Nets have struggled losing four of their last six games, but are coming off a big win in their last one. I expect Brooklyn to try to carry momentum over into this one. If the Nets can come out quickly, they could knock off a red hot Philadelphia team.
Philadelphia has started out hot this season, which has helped them earn the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Nets will look to take them down a notch with a win in this one. The 76ers are coming off a game on Wednesday night and they will look to avoid a slow start in this one. If Brooklyn can keep Philadelphia quiet early though, it could give them the edge.
The 76ers and the Nets met up four times throughout last season. The first meeting was in Brooklyn on December 15. Ben Simmons finished with 20 points, while Tobias Harris scored 17 points for Philadelphia. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 24 points and Joe Harris added 16 points. The Nets were able to hold on for a 109-89 win.
Philadelphia hosted the second game of the season series on January 15. Spencer Dinwiddie dropped 26 points and 8 assists. Jarrett Allen added 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough. Tobias Harris put up 34 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons scored 20 points and 11 assists to help lead the 76ers to a 117-106 win.
The third game of the season series shifted back to Brooklyn on January 20. Spencer Dinwiddie had another strong night, scoring 22 points, while Caris LeVert added 16 points off the bench. It was not enough for the Nets though. Ben Simmons put up 34 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Al Horford also scored 19 points to help give Philadelphia a 117-111 win.
The final game of the season series was back in Philadelphia on February 20. Caris LeVert finished with 25 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 22 points. Joel Embiid put up 39 points and 16 rebounds for the 76ers. Tobias Harris scored 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Alec Burks added 19 points off the bench. The 76ers finished the season series with a 112-104 win.
Joel Embiid has been the leader for Philadelphia early in this season. Embiid has averaged 25 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Tobias Harris is averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds per game. Seth Curry has averaged 17 points per game, while Ben Simmons is averaging 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Shake Milton has also averaged 13 points per game to help round out the lineup.
Kyrie Irving has been the leader for the Nets to open up this season. Irving has averaged 27 points and 6 assists per game. Caris LeVert is averaging 14.5 points per game off the bench this season as well. Joe Harris has averaged 13.5 points per game, while Jarrett Allen is averaging 11 points and 11.5 rebounds per game coming into this matchup.
The Nets will need players to step up for the absence of Kevin Durant. Durant is out after contact tracing for COVID-19 came back to him. He has averaged 28 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. The 76ers will look to abuse his absence with a strong start in this one. If Brooklyn can step up again like they did in their last game, they could bounce back with a win in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The 76ers have been a strong field goal shooting team this season. Philadelphia has made around 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 10th in the NBA. The 76ers are also shooting 35.7 percent from behind the arc, which is 19th in the league. Philadelphia is shooting 54 percent in close, which is 11th in the NBA this season.
Brooklyn has been doing really well shooting the ball as well this season. The Nets have been able to make around 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the league. Brooklyn has made 38.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 7th in the NBA. The Nets have also shot 54.7 percent inside the arc, which is 8th in the league.
These two teams have been great on the defensive side of the ball this season. Philadelphia has held opposing teams to a 41.5 percent shooting percentage from the field. The Nets have held opponents to a 42.1 percent from the field. Both teams will look to slow each other down early in this one to give themselves the edge. If either team breaks through from the field though, it could give them the win.
Philadelphia was able to win last season’s series against the Nets 3-1. The 76ers are also coming in on a five game winning streak, which they will look to extend after knocking off the Wizards last night. I expect Philadelphia to come out quickly in this one as they look to knock off Brooklyn. The Nets have been strong this season as well and I think they will continue to step up in Durant’s absence.
BetOnline has the 76ers listed as a -120 against the money line in this one. This implies that Philadelphia will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. The 76ers are coming off a game last night, which I think will make them start a bit slower in this one. I think that this Brooklyn team is coming hungry into this game, which should be able to propel them to the win.