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#2559 Brooklyn Nets vs.
#2560 Philadelphia 76ers
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:40pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris King

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It’s a clash of Atlantic Division teams on the parquet floor in the City of Brotherly Love. The Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night. Brooklyn rallied to beat Golden State 120-116 on the road in their previous game Sunday night, winning outright as a 7.5-point underdog. Philadelphia edged Sacramento 129-127 on the road in their most recent game Saturday night, winning outright as a 5.5-point underdog. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the 76ers own a 128-80 advantage, including a 115-106 win at home in the first meeting this season on November 22, 2022.

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Brooklyn Nets Look to Take Down Division Rival

Brooklyn won their second straight game as they rallied to take down Golden State on the road Sunday night in their previous contest. The Nets entered Tuesday third in the Atlantic Division standings, five games behind Boston for the top spot. They are fourth in the East, five games behind Boston for the top spot and five games up on the seventh-place Knicks to hold a guaranteed playoff spot. Against Golden State, Brooklyn trailed by five after the opening quarter and by as many as 16 in the second quarter before slicing the margin to 12 at the half. The Nets got within four after three quarters and were down 13 with 6:57 to play before rallying. Brooklyn outscored Golden State 27-10 the rest of the way to earn the win. The Nets shot 54.4% from the field, including 14 of 27 from three-point range, and overcame 15 turnovers in the game. Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 38 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the win.

The Nets enter this game 16th in the league in scoring offense as they average 113.7 points per game on the year. Brooklyn is 29th in the league in rebounding with 40.6 boards per contest and 8th in assists by dishing out 26.3 dimes a night. The Nets are 5th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 110.7 points per contest. Kevin Durant leads the team with 29.7 points plus 6.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Kyrie Irving (26.7 points, five assists), Nic Claxton (12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds) and Royce O’Neale (9.4 points) each are solid scoring options as well. The Nets look to get production from Patty Mills, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Seth Curry (10.2 points), Day’Ron Sharpe, Markieff Morris, Edmond Sumner, Cam Thomas, Kessler Edwards, T.J. Warren (9.9 points) and Yuta Watanabe. Brooklyn is 2nd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 50.8% from the field as a team on the year. The Nets are 13th in the league in three-point field goals per game as they drain 12.1 triples per game while they stand 2nd in three-point field goal percentage by hitting 38.9% from beyond the arc.

Durant suffered an MCL sprain in the game against the Heat on January 8 and has been out. The team announced on January 24 that he was progressing well but would be reevaluated in two weeks.

Philadelphia 76ers Trying to Gain Ground in Division

Philadelphia won their fifth straight and their seventh in the last eight games as they slipped past the Kings to finish a Western road swing with an unblemished 5-0 mark. The 76ers entered Tuesday second in the Atlantic Division, four games behind Boston for the top spot. In the East, the team was second, four games behind Boston for the top spot and six games clear of the seventh-place Knicks to remain in a guaranteed playoff spot. Against Sacramento, Philadelphia was down big in the first half before rallying for the win. The 76ers trailed by eight after the opening quarter, by as many as 21 in the first half and by 10 at halftime. Philadelphia regrouped to outscore the Kings 38-22 in the third quarter to lead by six and was up 11 early in the fourth quarter before having to hang on for the win. The 76ers shot 52.7% from the field, including 12 of 28 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 46-29. Tyrese Maxey led Philadelphia with 32 points and six assists in the win.

On the year, the 76ers are 15th in the league in scoring offense with 114.1 points per game. The 76ers are 28th in rebounding as they collect 40.7 rebounds per contest while they are 15th in assists by dishing out an average of 25.1 dimes a night. Philadelphia is 3rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow an average of 110.2 points a contest. Joel Embiid leads the 76ers as he puts up 33.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per contest this season. James Harden contributes 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds plus 11.2 assists a night, Tobias Harris chips in 16.3 points plus 6.2 rebounds per game while Tyrese Maxey adds 21.1 points plus 3.8 assists per contest. Georges Niang (9.3 points), De’Anthony Melton (10.9 points), P.J. Tucker, Montrezl Harrell, Danuel House Jr., Shake Milton (10.3 points), Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle and Paul Reed are key pieces of the rotation for coach Doc Rivers. Philadelphia is 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 48.2% from the floor as a team this season. The 76ers are 10th in threes per game as they drain 12.7 triples a contest while they are 4th in three-point shooting by connecting on 38% of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Embiid (foot) and Harden (foot) both missed the game against the Kings on January 21. Reports say that Embiid is likely doubtful for this one as he was limited in practice Tuesday but watch for updates on their respective statuses.

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Both teams are potentially missing pieces with Durant out for Brooklyn while it’s uncertain whether Embiid and/or Harden will take the floor for Philadelphia here. The Nets won their last two games but it could be tough dealing with a Philadelphia team that had a perfect 5-0 road trip as they took down Utah, the Lakers, Portland, Sacramento and the Clippers. Philadelphia is at home, where they are 17-7 on the season, and they have an extra day of rest in their pocket here. While the Nets are on a roll, the fact remains that Irving has had to shoulder a massive load recently, especially without Durant. Philadelphia has a deep rotation and if at least one of the Embiid/Harden duo takes the floor, they are in good shape. Take the 76ers in this contest.

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5

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Brooklyn heads into this game having seen the under post a 27-18-1 mark in their 46 games this season. The Nets are in the bottom third of the league in tempo as they are 20th in the league with an average of 98.6 possessions a night. The Nets are 17th in turnovers as they commit an average of 14.6 turnovers per contest this season. Philadelphia has seen the over post a 27-19 mark in their games this season. The 76ers have gone over the mark in seven of their last nine games. Philadelphia is playing at one of the slowest tempos in the league, ranking 24th while averaging 97.8 possessions a night. Six of the last 10 meetings have gone over the number, including the first meeting this season. Look for this game to follow suit as well.

Prediction: Over

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Chris King has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well, as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.