The last time the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers took to the court was two months ago, but don’t think that means much as we head into their clash on Monday night in the City of Brotherly Love. Make no mistake about it: Philly is going to be out for blood, knowing that the last time these two teams met, Brooklyn came to town and dropped a 109-89 beating on the hosts.
Of course, if the Nets are as hot offensively on this night as they were then, there is very little hope for the 76ers to beat the NBA odds. In the January meeting, G Deron Williams scored 22 points, while F Reggie Evans pulled down a stunning 23 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Brooklyn shot 41.7 percent from long range, and most importantly, its starters were all at least +20 while on the court against the 76ers’ starters.
Philadelphia is going to need to get some big time contributions from G Jrue Holiday in this one. Holiday was the team’s top scorer with 19 points, and he also had eight assists back in January. By all accounts, he was the best player for the hosts on the court. However, he has come up on some hard times of late and really needs to play better ball than he has been recently.
Holiday only scored eight points in Sunday’s loss to the Orlando Magic, and that came on the heels of a nine-point effort against the Miami Heat two days before. Holiday is averaging 18.6 points per game on the season, and though he is one of the best distributors in the league, averaging 8.7 assists per game, it is clear that he is going to have to be the main scoring threat as well if there is any hope of snapping this five-game losing streak.