It will be a battle of division foes when the Brooklyn Nets (6-15) welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (1-21) to the Barclays Center. The game gets underway at 7:30 pm ET on Thursday, Dec. 10
Coming off a 51-point loss at home, the stumbling 76ers visit the site of one of their two road wins of this calendar year in Thursday night’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets were victorious over the Rockets 110-105 on Tuesday. Joe Johnson had 22 points, eight assists, and five rebounds for Brooklyn. The 76ers, meanwhile, are coming off an ugly 119-68 loss to the Spurs on Monday. Nerlens Noel stood out for Philadelphia, recording 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Second-chance opportunities are projected to be few and far between for the 76ers in this contest. They rank 28th in the NBA in offensive rebounding (offensive rebound percentage of 20.2%), while Brooklyn is fourth-best in the league on the defensive backboards (defensive rebound percentage of 78.4%).
The Nets are a seven-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 194 points. The Nets are looking to improve on their records of 6-15 Straight Up (SU) and 12-9 Against The Spread (ATS). They are 7-3 ATS over their last 10 games.
On the other side, Philadelphia has a SU record of 1-21 and an ATS record of 11-10-1. In Eastern Conference games, Philadelphia has gone 0-12 SU and 5-7 ATS. When it comes to defending the rim, the 76ers are one of the best in the league with an average of 6.8 blocks per game.
This game marks the first time these teams will play this season. The last time the Nets and the 76ers played, Brooklyn won, bringing its SU record to 7-3 over the 76ers in the last 10 games. At 5-5, they are even ATS.
Here are some things to look for in tonight’s matchup:
- The play of Jahlil Okafor. The Sixers center has had a tough couple of weeks with a fight outside a nightclub in Boston early Thanksgiving morning that led to a two-game suspension, then got hit with an upper respiratory infection early this week. His play has been sluggish of late as he’s made just 16 of his last 51 shots (31.4 percent) from the floor. With Robert Covington playing well of late and making outside shots, having Okafor give a little something from the paint would give Brown some tools to work with.
- The play of the point guards. Kendall Marshall is set to make his Sixers’ debut Friday when the team hosts the Detroit Pistons. That means that someone is going to lose a bit of playing time. It most likely will come down to T.J. McConnell or Isaiah Canaan as Tony Wroten recently returned from ACL surgery and is getting more minutes. Tonight could be the final audition for the two of the as to who will be backing up Wroten and Marshall at the point.
- The play of Thaddeus Young. The former Sixer forward has been playing very well of late, averaging 21 points and 12.3 rebounds over his last three games. He is not a desirable matchup for the Sixers and may very well be in for a good night against his old team.