Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Brooklyn Nets are coming off of a lost and may be missing three of their stars in this matchup.
- The Philadelphia 76ers have been thriving, winning their last two matches by an average of 21 points.
- The two teams have split their two meetings this season.
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The Brooklyn Nets are coming off of a loss and are likely to be missing key pieces in Harden, Irving, and Aldridge. The Sixers on the other hand have a, mostly, clean bill of health and are on a solid two-game run.
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How to Watch Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers
|Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Information|
|What||Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers|
|Where||Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|When||7:00 PM EST, April 14th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
Head-to-Head: Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers
|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Steve Nash||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|37-17 (T-1st in East)||Standing||37-17 (T-1st in East)|
|118.1 (3rd of 30)||Off Rtg||112.3 (14th of 30)|
|113.9 (25th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (2nd of 30)|
|99.5 (13th of 30)||Pace||100.2 (9th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant (28.1)||PPG||J. Embiid (29.6)|
|J. Harden (8.7)||RPG||J. Embiid (11.0)|
|J. Harden (11.0)||APG||B. Simmons (7.1)|
|J. Harden (1.3)||SPG||B. Simmons (1.6)|
|L. Aldridge (2.2)||BPG||J. Embiid (1.5)|
|D. Jordan (.768)/K. Irving (10.6)||FG%/FGM||D. Howard (.583)/J. Embiid (9.3)|
|L. Aldridge (.800)/J. Harris (3.1)||3P%/3PM||D. Green (.414)/D. Green (2.6)|
BKN: Find Open Shooters
The Brooklyn Nets are likely to be undermanned in this match against the Philadelphia 76ers, but they showed a team-oriented game in their last outing that could suggest they’ve a means to victory.
The Nets probably won’t field Harden, Irving, or Aldridge against the Sixers, but their ball movement in their win over the Timberwolves was promising. While Durant led the way, the Nets shot 46 of 91 from the field and had 31 assists on the night.
Every player that played more than ten minutes contributed an assist. Without many of their stars, the Nets need a total team effort.
Nets Key Player: (F) Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin buzzer beater and Kyrie loves it! pic.twitter.com/L7qoc23cy9
— Talkin’ Nets (@TalkinNets) April 8, 2021
The Brooklyn Nets are not just leaning on their trio of superstars, but their newly acquired veterans to help them in key moments. Griffin’s last performance against the Timberwolves wasn’t encouraging.
Despite the Nets’ blowout victory, Griffin disappointed. In 24 minutes of play Griffin posted four points and four rebounds, failing to make a field goal.
Griffin needs to be an offensive option for the Nets if they want to upset the Sixers in this meeting. Other than Durant, he’s one of the few Nets players that can score from anywhere on the court. He needs to be more than an accessory.
PHI: Win the Battle on the Glass
The Sixers have the advantage in the paint, but it should still be a focus for them if they want to take down the Brooklyn Nets.
Head coach Doc Rivers will be aware of the Nets’ shooting ability from all positions. Crucial in their pursuit of a win, the Sixers can’t allow the Nets to have any extra opportunities through offensive rebounds. Such a dangerous offensive team can’t be given more chances than necessary.
The Sixers dominated the Mavericks in their last matchup, but were outworked on the glass. They won’t have any room for error in this battle for first place.
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Sixers Key Player: (C) Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid is DOMINATING in the first half agains the Mavs:
12-13 FT pic.twitter.com/otk2di3Znc
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 13, 2021
Sixers superstar Joel Embiid will be the focus in this matchup. With Irving and Harden unlikely to trouble him in the screen-and-roll, Embiid is expected to have full run on both ends of the court.
In his last game, Embiid posted an impressive 36 points and seven rebounds on 10 of 17 shooting from the field. He was also able to hit two threes, while converting on 14 of 15 free throw attempts.
Establishing Embiid early is key for the Sixers. Getting Jordan and Claxton in trouble could turn the tide for the Sixers, as Embiid is near unguardable already.
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