Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

Brooklyn Nets defeat Philadelphia 76ers.

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How to Watch

What: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

When: Thursday, 20 February 2020, 8:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): TNT | WFAN, 97.5 The Fanatic

Philadelphia 76ers (Away)

Head Coach: Brett Brown {All-Time 212-335 | PHI}

Season Record: 34-21

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ben Simmons – (G) Josh Richardson – (F) Furkan Korkmaz – (F) Tobias Harris – (C) Joel Embiid

Top Performers

  • (C) Joel Embiid – 30.5 MPG | 22.9 PPG | 11.9 RPG | 1.4 BPG
  • (F) Tobias Harris – 34.3 MPG | 19.0 PPG | 6.7 RPG | .363 3P%
  • (G) Ben Simmons – 36.3 MPG | 16.9 PPG | 8.3 APG | 7.9 RPG

The Philadelphia 76ers enter the second half of the season with eyes on the top four of the Eastern Conference. Currently fifth in the East, the Sixers look start their run by taking on the Brooklyn Nets in their own arena. The Sixers are 25-2 at home.

The Philadelphia 76ers closed off their pre-break run with a three game win streak. A positive, in light of the fact that they were 5-5 in their last ten matches. Coming off of an impressive win over the LA Clippers, the Sixers surely have the confidence to continue their streak.

The Sixers will have their hands full when they take on the Brooklyn Nets. Far behind at seventh in the Eastern Conference, the Nets have shown their quality with back-to-back wins over the Raptors and Pacers. They’ll be keen to take down another “superior” team in the Sixers.

Brooklyn Nets (Home)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 115-184 | BKN}

Season Record: 25-28

Projected Starting Five: (G) Spencer Dinwiddie – (G) Joe Harris – (F) Caris LeVert – (F) Taurean Prince – (C) Jarrett Allen

Top Performers

  • (G) Kyrie Irving – 32.9 MPG | 27.4 PPG | 6.4 APG | 5.2 RPG
  • (G) Spencer Dinwiddie – 31.2 MPG | 21.0 PPG | 6.6 APG | 3.5 RPG
  • (F) Caris LeVert – 27.3 MPG | 15.3 PPG | 3.6 APG | 3.6 RPG

The Brooklyn Nets, despite key injuries to their top players, find themselves ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference. While they haven’t been able to make a run to drive them forward, they are comfortably in the playoff race.

Brooklyn is coming off of an impressive showing against the Toronto Raptors. Not only were they able to manage the Raptors’ potent attack, but the Nets also broke down Toronto’s vaunted defense in a 101-91 victory.

The Nets will have to be even more clinical against the Sixers, who were able to take down a Western Conference power in the LA Clippers. Brooklyn hopes to be rested and recharged, ready to find the shooting form to beat the dangerous Philadelphia 76ers.

What’s at Stake?

The Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have met 199 times over the course of their franchise history. The Sixers have dominated the series over the Nets 115-84.

A win for the Brooklyn Nets would bring them within 5.5 games of the Indiana Pacers who rest at sixth in the East.

A win for the Philadelphia 76ers would put them just half a game behind the Miami Heat in fourth place.

Questions to Answer

Can the Brooklyn Nets sort out their shooting woes?

Will the Philadelphia 76ers keep up with the Nets’ ball movement?

We are going to compare the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

BKN: Find the Three

Brooklyn sure do like to shoot the three-ball, but their efficiency in doing so isn’t anywhere near their rate of attempts and conversions. While they’ve shown the ability to score in bunches, they’ll have to be able to punish the Sixers from deep.

Despite the Nets’ win over the Raptors in their last match, it was more of a defensive effort. Holding the Toronto Raptors to 91 points was impressive, but the Nets only shot 25.7% from deep themselves – on 35 shot attempts.

The Sixers are in the top ten in the NBA in the three-point attempt and conversion defense. If the Brooklyn Nets want to defeat the Sixers, they’ll have to show that they can punish Philly’s vaunted defense from range.

PHI: Defence is the Key

The Philadelphia 76ers have their issues on the offensive side of the ball. Whether it be spacing, planning, or their overall lack of balance, Philly has a lot of work to do scoring the ball. On the other hand, the Sixers’ defensive ability is elite.

Philadelphia’s defensive ability is impressive. They are in the top five in

opponent field-goal attempts allowed and attempted, as well as number one in three-point shots allowed and attempted. Also in the top ten in blocks and steal, Philadelphia’s recovery ability is top notch.

The Brooklyn Nets’ offensive is based on ball movement and the exploitation of big men on the perimeter. The Sixers’ length and versatility are keys to their defensive success. However to close out without giving up the paint will be the balance that defines this game.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

(G) Kyrie Irving – 12 Feb 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – Irving did not play in Wednesday’s (Feb. 12) game.

(F) Kevin Durant – 23 Oct 2019 – Out (Achilles) – Nets General Manager Sean Marks said the team does not plan on playing Durant this season, according to Ian Begley of SNY TV.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

The Philadelphia 76ers have no roster changes of note.

Head-to-Head: (F) Caris LeVert vs (F) Tobias Harris

Scoring utility men will be the highlight when the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets face off. Caris LeVert and Tobias Harris can certainly score on their own, but their ability as an outlet and on their own will decide the fate of their teams.

(G) Caris LeVert (6-6, 205lb (198cm, 92kg) | Michigan | 3 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2025BKN2827.315.33.63.6.404.376

 

Caris LeVert has been improving every season, but after returning from injury, LeVert has been essential for the Brooklyn Nets. Since coming back from injury he is averaging 14.9 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 36.6% shooting from deep. His one-on-one ability is great in the absence of Irving. He’ll be called upon frequently to break down the Sixers defence.

(F) Tobias Harris (6-8, 235lb (203cm, 106kg) | Tennessee | 8 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2027PHI5534.319.06.73.0.472.363

 

Tobias Harris’ ability to score the ball is essential to the Sixers’ success. His ability to score the ball is what tips the odds in the favour of the Sixers. His splits are pure proof of his impact, averaging 20.0 points on 23.3% usage in wins versus 17.4 points on 23.8% usage in losses.

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Predictions and Odds

Why the Brooklyn Nets Will Win

The Brooklyn Nets’ movement on offense can exploit any defense in the NBA. If they can find their range or beat the Sixers’ shot-blockers at the rim, their scoring can keep them in the game against anyone.

Why the Philadelphia 76ers Will Win

The Philadelphia 76ers are all about defense. Shutting down the Nets’ three-point attack will be key. But getting teammates involved via Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid will be crucial to the success of their attack.

WSN’s Pick

WSN Picks: Brooklyn Nets defeat Philadelphia 76ers.

Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Odds

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