Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Preview and Predictions -01-20-2020
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 road
Philadelphia 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 loss
Brooklyn 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 Philadelphia 76ers (also commonly known as the Sixers) are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at Wells Fargo Center. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA, and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league’s first decade.
The 76ers have had a prominent history, with many of the greatest players in NBA history having played for the organization, including Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Andrew Toney, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson. They have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in 1967, a team which was led by Chamberlain. The third title came in 1983, won by a team led by Erving and Malone. The 76ers have only been back to the NBA Finals once since then: in 2001, where they were led by Iverson and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.