Brooklyn Nets versus Philadelphia 76ers
The Nets enter with a 18-21 record and 7-12 on the road. They face the 76ers who are 25-16 for the season, but have dominated at home, winning 18 of 20. Brooklyn is an 8-point road underdog despite winning the first meeting between the teams by 20 points at home.
Comparing the teams statistically, the Nets are 17th in scoring (109.6) and 17th in points allowed (111.2). Philadelphia has struggled somewhat offensively, ranked 21st (109), but are among the best defensively, ranked 6th allowing 105.7 points per game. Brooklyn is 2nd in rebounding, but are careless with the ball, ranked 28th in turnovers. Philadelphia is also solid on the boards, ranked 9th and 14th in turnovers at 14 per game.
Philadelphia has struggled without Joel Embiid, who is out after surgery to repair a torn radial collateral ligament in his left ring finger. Making up for his 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots is a daunting task. It will fall on the hands of Tobias Harris (19.3 points, 6.7 rebounds), Ben Simmons (15.2 points, 8.4 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals) and Josh Richardson (15.7 points, 3.5 assists). Veteran Al Horford will man the middle, but his production has been inconsistent at best. Furkan Korkmaz is the top three-point threat, hitting 37.1 percent for the season.
The Nets have a very balanced attack, led by Kyrie Irving. He has played in only 13 games this season due to injury, but is averaging 28.2 points and 7.2 assists. Spencer Dinwiddie adds 22 points and 6.5 assists. Caris Levert is a solid third option at 15.6 points per game and Joe Harris drops 14 points, while hitting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Taurean Prince, Jarrett Allen, and Garett Temple complete a seven-player unit that averages more than 10 points per game.
The keys to this one will be Philadelphia’s tough play at home, particularly on the defensive end and the Nets propensity for turning the ball over The 76ers will enjoy the benefits of playing at home, winning the game and covering the spread.