In another game against the bottom of the conference Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers will try to improve their record on their way to the playoffs. Coming off of a thrilling come from behind win against the New York Knicks last night, the Sixers are sure to have some extra pep in their step. The Knicks did a good job of keeping the Sixers at arms length, but once the fourth quarter came around it was an entirely different story, outscoring New York by 16 points in the final frame. Resiliency was key, as even when the Knicks took a double digit lead the Sixers never truly felt out of the game, and once shots started to fall the result showed. Once again, everyone in the starting lineup scored in double digits, led by Joel Embiid’s 29 points and Ben Simmons’ triple double (13-10-12).
Last time the Sixers and Nets matched up everything was coming up Philly, great team play led to an easy 120-97 road win. Embiid led the team with 21 points, followed closely by Robert Covington and his 19 points. For the Nets, D’Angelo Russell once again tried to play hero ball, scoring 26 points, but it wasn’t enough with the ineffective play of the rest of his teammates.
Now with the Sixers at home they will have the advantage of playing in front of their fans, something that has a big effect on this team. So far this year the Sixers are 20-11 playing in the Wells Fargo Center, but are a very concerning 17-19 away from home. In order to make noise once the playoffs come, the Sixers will need to come away with wins on the road more frequently.
This is a very winnable game, and one the Sixers need in order to climb the Eastern Conference standings. Only 1 game from the 5th seed and 2 games from the 3 seed (crazy, right?), this portion of the schedule is a time where they can really make up some ground on the rest of the league. Don’t take the Nets lightly, they showed earlier this year they can win tough games (116-108 Sixers loss that still gives me nightmares) and have players like Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie who can fill up the stat sheet. It seems like a good chance to give Joel Embiid some much needed rest, so we’ll have to see if Brett Brown agrees.
Game Time: 7:00 pm EST
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 the Fanatic