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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
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The Sixers and the Nets will be duelling it out with two of the best players in the Eastern Conference. Despite coming off of a back-to-back, the Sixers should have the advantage against the shorthanded Nets.
Philadelphia 76ers def. Brooklyn Nets
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|Doc Rivers||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|15-14 (7th in East)||Standing||20-8 (1st in East)|
|109.6 (14th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.6 (8th of 30)|
|110.2 (21st of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (6th of 30)|
|95.6 (30th of 30)||Pace||99.2 ( of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Embiid (24.2)||PPG||K. Durant (29.6)|
|J. Embiid (10.8)||RPG||J. Harden (7.9)|
|T. Maxey (4.7)||APG||J. Harden (9.6)|
|M. Thybulle (1.8)||SPG||J. Harden (1.4)|
|J. Embiid (1.4)||BPG||L. Aldridge (1.2)|
|C. Bassey (.667)/J. Embiid (7.5)||FG%/FGM||N. Claxton (.614)/K. Durant (10.7)|
|S. Curry (.398)/S. Curry (2.1)||3P%/3PM||K. Edwards (.500)/P. Mills (3.2)|
|Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers||21 Oct 2021||Out (Back)||There is no timetable for Simmons’ return to the Sixers.|
|Grant Riller||Philadelphia 76ers||2 Dec 2021||Out (Shoulder)||Riller is scheduled to be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.|
|Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||14 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Ribs)||Embiid was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Philadelphia’s Wednesday (Dec 15) game.|
|Georges Niang||Philadelphia 76ers||15 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Niang is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||Philadelphia 76ers||15 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Illness)||Korkmaz did not play in Philadelphia’s Wednesday (Dec 15) game.|
|Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||23 Oct 2021||Out (Not With Team)||There is no timetable for Irving’s return.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||Harris underwent ankle surgery and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Paul Millsap||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Millsap is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|James Johnson||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Johnson is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|James Harden||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Harden is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|Jevon Carter||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Carter is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|Bruce Brown||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Brown is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|DeAndre’ Bembry||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Bembry is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||Brooklyn Nets||14 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Aldridge is under league Health & Safety protocols.|
In their last game, the Sixers put on a poor performance against a shorthanded Miami Heat team. While they put up a fight late, their reason for their loss can be found in their three-point defence.
In their last game, the Sixers allowed their opponents to shoot 40.9% from deep on 18 made three-point field goals. Their defence was pulled apart, as the Heat’s offence generated 25 assists on 35 field goals.
With the level of attention that Kevin Durant garners, the Sixers must be careful with how the play out their defensive scheme. Shoring up their perimeter defence is the best way to beat the Nets.
flick + swish. pic.twitter.com/9jmVFEiUxq
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 16, 2021
The Sixers are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Miami Heat. While he was questionable to even appear in the game, he put in a long shift despite the inefficiency.
Embiid posted 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists in 37 minutes of play. Unfortunately, he failed them in the shooting department, going just 5 of 13 from the field and 1 of 5 from three-point range.
In a game where the Nets have a number of energetic and young big men, Embiid will need to put on a strong performance. His production, compared with Durant’s, may determine the winner of this match.
The Nets are coming off of a tremendous, overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. While Kevin Durant and Patty Mills starred, it was their young role players that ensured their victory.
Kevin Durant and Patty Mills led the scoring effort with a combined 64 points, but head coach Steve Nash found 43 points and 30 rebounds from the likes of David Duke, Nicolas Claxton, and Kessler Edwards.
Without any guarantees around who will be available for the Nets, they will need a similar all-around effort from their role players to steal a win from Philadelphia. One thing is for certain, the quality of the Sixers bench is a step up from their last game.
? | @KDTrey5 is good at basketball. pic.twitter.com/xl1eMIzwwx
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 15, 2021
There are times when a team is so outmatched that you’d think that the outcome is guaranteed. But Kevin Durant is so talented that he is coming off of a game where he led an eight-man Nets team to a victory.
In his last game, Durant met the challenge with Hall of Fame level tenacity. He posted a 34 point, 13 rebound, and 11 assist triple-double in 48 minutes of play.
Off the back of a performance like that, you have to believe anything is possible for the former league MVP. With his scoring and playmaking ability, the Nets rarely seem shorthanded.
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|Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|Teams||Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Location||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, December 16th, 2021|
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