Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76’ers for what should be an exciting Eastern Conference matchup. Philadelphia enters this one following a 110-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, where Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons led the 76’ers in scoring with 26 points each.
Brooklyn may struggle to make up for the loss of Kyrie Irving (27.4 ppg) who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Brooklyn (4-12) As Road Underdog
The Brooklyn Nets currently rank 7th amongst the Eastern Conference Standings with a (25-28) record on the season. In their most recent 101-91 victory over the Raptors, the Nets shot 40.9 percent from the field and out-rebounded Toronto 55 to 42.
Caris LeVert led the Nets in scoring with 20 points and 4 assists. Spencer Dinwiddie moved the ball around well for the Nets as he contributed 9 assists and 17 points to lead Brooklyn to victory.
Brooklyn is the 2nd best rebounding team in the National Basketball Association, hauling in 48.3 per game. The Nets are scoring 110.5 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. 27.5 of those points come from Kyrie Irving, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Dinwiddie and LeVert average 21 and 15.3 points per game and will have to bring their A-game if they hope to make up for Kyrie’s absence.
Philadelphia (25-2) At Home
The 76’ers have won their last 3 games after dropping 4 in a row before that. In their 110-103 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday, Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Embiid came up just shy of a double-double with 9 rebounds and 26 points for the 76’ers.
Philadelphia has been impressive at home this year to say the least, as the 76’ers have won 25 of 27 home games this season. The 76’ers have covered the spread in 15 of those 27 home games.
Joel Embiid leads the 76’ers offensive attack averaging a double-double per game with 11.9 rebounds and 22.9 points per game. Ben Simmons is scoring 16.9 points per game, and leading the 76’ers in assists with 8.3 per game.
The 76’ers allow opponents to score just 106.2 points per game, which is currently 2nd best in the NBA. Philadelphia has also done a good job of not allowing second chance shot attempts, as the 76’ers allow opponents just 8.5 offensive rebounds per game which is best amongst the NBA.
Betting Lines and Free Pick
Bookmaker currently offers the 76’ers as a -8-point favorite, with the total set at 216 points. I think Philadelphia is the clear side to take here for a couple reasons.
Without Kyrie, the Nets may really struggle to get things moving offensively as Kyrie scores nearly a quarter of Brooklyn’s points per game. The Nets haven’t really traveled well this year, winning just 9 of 25 road games this season.
Philadelphia on the other hand has seen nothing but success at home, winning 25 of 27 home matchups this season. Look for Ben Simmons to have himself a night and put up some big numbers offensively for the 76’ers as they come away from this one victorious and cover the spread. 76’ers 109 Nets 97