The Philadelphia 76ers are riding a 5-game winning streak entering Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, the Nets are riding out the “Kevin Durant injury” storm and doing their best to keep the momentum going.
The 76ers have climbed into second place in the East amid their 5-game winning streak, with the Nets sitting just one game behind them in fourth place overall.
Kyrie Irving will do his best to put the team on his shoulders and lead them to their third straight victory.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (29-17) at Philadelphia 76ers (30-16)
WHEN: 19:30 estimated
WHERE: ESPN (national), YES Network (local and app), WFAN-FM (radio)
According to the NBA, this is rivalry week. Per Jacque Vaughn and KD, this game is it not a rivalry. Damn. Don’t tell the Brooklyn Brigade, they’re sending busloads (plural) to the Wells-Fargo Center.
Deep shooting will be crucial tonight. Both teams are top four in 3-point percentage, and for the Nets, their best shooter is starting to heat up at the right time. Joe Harris has gone 11-of-17 from deep the past three games, and Seth Curry has also gone 7-of-14 from deep. Philly’s ace 3-point shooters are Georges Niang and De’Anthony Melton. Whoever has the most success from deep will set the tone for the night.
Kyrie Irving has regained his rhythm. He has scored at least 30 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in three straight games. Irving is scoring everywhere on the court and perhaps most importantly, he hasn’t turned the ball over. In this three-game stretch, he’s turned it over just three times. You want to get the ball in your star’s hands as much as possible, and when they make winning plays every down, your chances of winning increase tremendously.
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