• Sixers, Nets meet Thursday as NBA resumes action
  • Sixers put best home record on the line
  • Kyrie Irving is out indefinitely 

Kyrie Irving will be out indefinitely after aggravating his shoulder injury. That’s definitely bad news for the Brooklyn Nets who are entering the second half of the NBA season at below .500 and will face the Philadelphia 76ers, who are one of the contenders in the East, for their first game after the All-Star break. The match will take place on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly as the Sixers go full throttle in their chase for a decent position before hitting the postseason joust.

The Nets still manage to stay in the Playoff race despite their losing record, currently at the seventh spot in the conference standings while being eight games behind the Sixers who are placed fifth.

Brooklyn Nets

Just when the team was about to go on a surge with a healthier line-up on board, Irving went down again. The star point guard has already missed a chunk of games which can be attributed to the team’s poor register to date. But the team will have to refuse to dwell on the bad breaks. If their last 10 games heading to the break were hints of how they will fare for the remainder of the season, then Nets fans are in for a treat. Brooklyn had won seven of their last 10 games before the All-Star weekend and will look to extend their winning run to three as the league resumes regular operations on Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers

There have been tons of distractions trying to invade the Sixers camp, and it would not hurt to say they have fallen short of expectations set at the start of the season. The team is still a force to reckon with despite a rather subpar record after the first half of the year. It is also worth noting that the Sixers are a different type of beasts when playing at the Wells Fargo, holding a 25-2 record at home which is the best in the NBA.

Odds and Trends

The Sixers are nine-point favorites on the spread market with a -360 price to win straight up. The Nets are underdogs offered at +280. The total line is pegged with even prices at 216.5 over/under.

The Nets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS win.

The 76ers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.

Over is 4-0 in 76ers' last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 8-1 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Under is 5-1 in Nets' last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and 4-0 in 76ers' last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.


Sixers win, 112-104

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons takes rare three-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers, a sign of things to come. Ben Simmons #25 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers watch play in the final minutes during a 121-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Harry How