Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
Brooklyn Nets Preview
Defensive miscues added up for the Nets on Tuesday during a 118-107 home loss to the streaking Utah Jazz, Brooklyn’s eighth defeat in 10 games. One game after limiting Atlanta to 33 percent shooting in a 108-86 victory, the Nets allowed the Jazz to shoot 50 percent and drill 13 3-pointers. Nets guard Kyrie Irving notched a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists in his second game back from a shoulder injury.
Brooklyn played with a thin bench, as reserves Garrett Temple (right knee bruise) and Wilson Chandler (left hamstring tightness) missed the game with injuries. The Nets are 7-12 on the road and have not won away from Barclays Center since Dec. 17.
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers enter Wednesday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets with a four-game winning streak at Wells Fargo Center, and they are 18-2 at home overall. Since losing center Joel Embiid to a torn ligament in his left ring finger, Philadelphia is 1-2. The latest defeat, the Sixers’ second in a row, was a 101-95 decision at Indiana on Monday.
While the 76ers outscored the Pacers 50-32 in the paint, Philadelphia struggled from long range, connecting on just 6 of 33 3-point attempts (18.2 percent). “We just have to make more open looks,” Sixers forward Tobias Harris said. “I think, all around, we haven’t shot it well from (3-point range), so we’ve got to stick with it.”