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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets
NBA: Monday, January 20, Barclays Center, New York, 3:00 PM ET
The Philadelphia 76ers responded to a two-game skid with three consecutive victories, including the most recent one over the New York Knicks on the road. The Sixers now improved to a 28-16 record and are in the 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Brooklyn Nets bounced back from a seven-game losing run with two wins, but returned to the losing ways and lost the next three games. After the latest home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets dropped to an 18-23 record and are in the 8th place in the East.
These Atlantic Conference rivals met twice this season, and the series is currently tied at 1-1.
The 76ers edged the Knicks in the roadPhiladelphia produced one of the best defensive displays of the campaign in a 90-87 road victory over the New York Knicks. The 76ers limited the hosts to under 40.0% from the floor and kept them to only six triples, scoring ten three-pointers on the other end. Ben Simmons led Philly with 21 points, game-high eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. Josh Richardson added 18 points and a couple of thefts, Furkan Korkmaz scored 17, while Tobias Harris contributed with 15 points and team-high eight boards. Harris scored a late triple to give his team a lead, and the Sixers hang onto it to snatch a win. Joel Embiid is still out with a finger injury; has been cleared for non-contact work and will be re-evaluated in several days.
"I thought our defense really fueled us throughout the game," Harris said. "We did a good job defensively of getting our stops, getting out in transition."
This season, the 76ers have the 22nd offense in the NBA that averages 108.5 points per game, and they are facing the Nets' 18th defense that allows 111.5 points per contest. The 76ers are the 9th in rebounds with 46.0 and 4th in assists with 26.3 per game.
The Nets couldn't cope with Milwaukee's defense in a lossBrooklyn suffered the third defeat in a row mainly because of a weak offensive display in a 117-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at home. The Nets scored just 42 points in the first half, and although they played better in the second 24 minutes, their field-goal percentage was woeful (33.3%), and they deserved to lose. Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 17 points, game-high six assists, six rebounds, and game-high four steals. Nicolas Claxton scored a career-high 14 points with six boards and team-high three blocks, while Taurean Prince finished the tilt with 13 points. Kevin Durant (Achilles) is out for the season, while DeAndre Jordan (finger), Garrett Temple (knee), and Joe Harris (back) are listed as questionable to take on the Sixers on Monday.
"Great players come in and great teams come in, they're playing well. We're still trying to establish what that continuity, consistency looks like for us, so we'll continue to battle," Irving said.
This season, the Nets have the 20th offense in the NBA that averages 109.2 points per game, and they are facing the 76ers' 2nd defense that allows 104.9 points per contest. The Nets are the 2nd in rebounds with 48.6 and 17th in assists with 23.6 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Philadelphia:
- 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven Monday games
- 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 road games
- 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although they are not playing well at the moment, the Nets already beat the Sixers at Barclays Center this season, and they certainly have a chance to make a little upset this time around as well. Philadelphia is a better side, especially on defense, but I am backing the hosts to play strong D on the perimeter and force the Sixers to score from the interior. That is not going to be easy without Joel Embiid on the floor, which is a chance for Jarrett Allen and rookie Claxton to dominate the paint in case Jordan is not ready to feature. After scoring 17 points in a loss to Milwaukee, I am backing Irving to respond here and try to lead his team to the victory. I am not sure whether the Nets are going to win, but I am backing them to cover the spread.
Prediction: Brooklyn Nets -1.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
Philadelphia is relying on its sturdy defense, and it's working so far, particularly in the last three games in which the Sixers kept the opponents to under 110 points. I am not sure they can do it on Monday, but I don't think we're going to have a high-scoring game, that's for sure. The previous H2H encounter at Barclays Center produced under 200 points. It was Philadelphia's worst offensive display of the season (89 points), and even though I think the 76ers will score more than that in this game, I am going with Under.
Prediction: Under 218 (-110)