The Brooklyn Nets (33-22, fifth in the Eastern Conference) welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (35-19, third in the Eastern Conference to Barclays Center on Saturday for the third of four matchups between the teams this season. Philadelphia currently leads the regular-season series 2-0.
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In the first game, a 76ers 115-106 win on Nov. 22, Philadelphia forward Tobias Harris scored 24 points to lead Philadelphia (without center Joel Embiid and guard James Harden) to an impressive win over the Nets. Nets’ guard Ben Simmons was booed relentlessly in his return to Philadelphia and despite the boos, he had 11 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists.
In the second game, a 76ers 137-133 win on Jan. 25, guard Tyrese Maxey scored 27 points to lead Philadelphia to the win over Brooklyn and extend their winning streak to six games. This was the first time that Embiid (26 points) and Ben Simmons (12 points) faced off in a game since Simmons was traded to the Nets for James Harden. This game was chippy all the way through as there were a total of six technical fouls called.
Brooklyn comes into this game as a totally different team than they were in the first two games. In the past week, the Nets have traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith and sent Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns for Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson. It appears that the Nets are now playing for the future as their superstar experiment did not work out. Philadelphia has won three of its last five games which includes beating the New York Knicks on Friday 119-108.
This game can be seen locally on the YES Network (Nets) and NBC Sports Philadelphia (76ers).
The lines, courtesy of BetMGM
Nets vs. 76ers notable injuries
Nets: OUT: Seth Curry (adductor). QUESTIONABLE: Mikal Bridges (trade pending) and Cameron Johnson (trade pending). PROBABLE: Nic Claxton (hamstring).
76ers: NOT YET SUBMITTED.
Advice and prediction
After the NBA trade deadline, the Nets are a drastically different team than they were when they played the 76ers earlier this season. Brooklyn doesn’t have much star power, but if Thursday’s win over the Chicago Bulls is any indication, it looks like this version of the Nets will be play great defense and their offense will be a committee approach. Philadelphia has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA recently as they have won 23 of their past 30 games with Joel Embiid and James Harden playing like All-Stars. Given that Bridges and Johnson are questionable because of the trade still pending, it’s possible that Philadelphia should be favored by more.
Prediction: 76ers 120, Nets 110
Story originally appeared on Nets Wire