Tonight in Philadelphia, the Brooklyn Nets hope to make their winning run on the road three games long.
Fatigue shouldn't be an issue because the 76ers have had three days to recuperate from their Eagles hangovers.
Let's discuss how to bet on the divisional rivalry game on Wednesday.
The Nets have won two straight away games against the Jazz and Warriors, rapidly turning the idea that they were doomed without Kevin Durant on its head.
The Nets overcame significant deficits in both victories to shock two capable Western Conference teams that were in excellent health.
Kyrie Irving, who averaged 43.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 9.0 rebounds while shooting an effective 58.8% from the field, was especially important to each victory. Irving has instantly and forcefully refuted the claim that Durant is necessary for him to succeed.
Kyrie Irving vs. De’Anthony Melton
Will Irving continue to play well against the 76ers, who will pose a more challenging defensive challenge?
Tyrese Maxey and James Harden, the 76ers guard duo, are vulnerable defensively, but starter De'Anthony Melton is not.
Melton has been quietly one of the offseason's top free agency pickups. He has significantly impacted the game with his 3-point shooting and defense. Irving almost probably will receive the assignment from Melton, and I anticipate Irving to have difficulty maintaining the high level of effectiveness from the previous two games.
Due to his use rate, Irving will still receive his, but don't anticipate a 48-point performance from Irving in this situation. In terms of tempo, Philadelphia is the sixth-slowest NBA squad.
To stay up with Philadelphia, Brooklyn will need guys like T.J. Warren, Ben Simmons, and Seth Curry to step up.
Defensive Mismatch: Philadelphia’s Size
Brooklyn should find it difficult to contain Philadelphia's size on defense.
Although Nic Claxton has been outstanding, the Nets are severely short in top-notch rim-protectors behind him. This is a major issue when playing the Embiid and Harden-led 76ers, especially considering Claxton may experience foul trouble at some time.
Philadelphia ranks sixth in free-throw rate, demonstrating the 76ers' mastery at pressuring officials into making foul calls. Even if Claxton avoids foul trouble, Embiid, who weighs about 70 pounds more than Claxton, may be difficult for him to contain.
All night long, Embiid shouldn't have any trouble scoring, getting into foul trouble, or breaking up double teams.
Since Dec. 9, the Philadelphia 76ers have won 18 of 22 games, moving them up to sixth place in the NBA's Net Rating.
Due to the challenging schedule, a large portion of the 76ers' achievements has been overlooked. The NBA's fourth-easiest schedule this season was played by Philadelphia.
Philadelphia has only faced four teams who are among the top-10 in Adjusted Net Rating in its previous 22 games. The other two were against the Pelicans, and two of those games were against the Kings. The 76ers had a 3-1 record in those games.
Due to the absence of James Harden and Joel Embiid, their most recent victory over the Kings was particularly noteworthy.
The Brooklyn Nets, who are rated fifth, are Philadelphia's toughest projected opponent in over two months on Wednesday. Without Kevin Durant, the Nets aren't truly a top-five club.
I already spoke about how Embiid should dominate down low for the 76ers, but I also believe that Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell can succeed.
Since Harrell is a proficient offensive rebounder, he ought to be able to dominate in the paint against Brooklyn's second unit. With the bench unit, I anticipate Harrell to create a few second opportunities as the Nets rank 27th in defensive rebound rate.
In addition, the perimeter defense of the Nets should be mostly ineffective against James Harden and Maxey.
Nets vs 76ers Pick
If Joel Embiid is Cleared to Play
Throughout the day, keep an eye on the Nets vs. 76ers chances on our NBA Live Odds page.
Due to a foot injury, Joel Embiid is now doubtful to participate; nevertheless, if he is cleared, the 76ers will be unstoppable on offense.
If Embiid plays, I'd think about going above the 76ers team total of 117.5.
If Joel Embiid is Ruled Out Due to Injury
In the event that Embiid is finally ruled out, I would switch to the Nets moneyline at odds above +140.
The advantage that I predict the 76ers will have in the low post is essentially gone if Embiid were not there. The Nets also have the depth to compete with and defeat the 76ers bench group.
Keep an eye on Embiid's condition throughout the day; betting on this Atlantic Division matchup depends heavily on his availability.
Picks: Nets ML +166 and 76ers team total above 117.5 (if Embiid is ruled out)
NBA betting analyst Chris Baker previews Nets vs 76ers, including updated odds, picks & predictions for Wednesday's game.
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