Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
Brooklyn Nets Preview
Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters Tuesday that guard Kyrie Irving would be unavailable for the Thursday road game against the Philadelphia 76ers as Irving seeks consultation from another shoulder specialist. Irving has missed 26 games with a shoulder ailment this season and has been held out of 33 contests overall, including the last five before the All-Star break with a sprained right knee that Atkinson said is feeling better.
Brooklyn is riding a two-game winning streak and has won four of five overall. Caris LeVert has helped key the surge by averaging 24 points over the past five games, including a career-best 37 in a narrow loss at Toronto on Feb. 9. Brooklyn has surpassed 100 points in eight consecutive games.
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers will look to complete a perfect four-game homestand Thursday when they resume play following the All-Star break with a visit from the Brooklyn Nets. Philadelphia stormed into the break with three straight victories at Wells Fargo Center to improve to an NBA-best 25-2 at home.
Guard Ben Simmons enters play with an Eastern Conference-leading six triple-doubles after contributing 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 76ers’ most recent game, a 110-103 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11. The contest marked the first time forward Al Horford came off the bench since his rookie season in 2007-08, and he will remain a reserve, coach Brett Brown said. On Feb. 9, Horford was held scoreless for the first time in his career.