The Brooklyn Nets are back home to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Brooklyn comes into the matchup having lost three straight games. The team's split their first two contests against each other.
After a terrific stretch, the Nets defense has been a letdown the last three games against the Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers. They have given up a total of 321 points, which comes to an average of 107 per game.
The 76ers run a fast paced offense. They are averaging 101.1 points per game for the season. The team is led by do-it-all forward Evan Turner. Turner is the team's best player, averaging 18.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Thaddeus Young is an athletic wing who can create problems for opponents with his physical abilities. For the year, Young is the team's second leading scorer with 17.4 points per game and 6.3 rebounds.
Center Spencer Hawes is another player who can create matchup problems. Hawes is a big man who has the rare ability for someone his size to stretch the floor with his shooting. He's shooting 41.1% from three-point range while making 1.6 of his attempts per game. He is also a very good rebounder, averaging 8.6 per contest.
The Sixers have struggled to a 15-33 record, but rookie Michael Carter-Williams has give the team some hope for the future. The 11th pick from last year's NBA Draft, the young point guard has been impressive all season with his play-making ability. While his shooting definitely needs work, he's still averaging 17.2 points, while dishing out 6.6 assists and grabbing 5.5 boards per contest.
The Nets will have to keep MCW, Turner, Young and guard Tony Wroten from getting out on the break and getting easy baskets in transition.
The Sixers have the worst defense in the NBA, giving up 109.9 points per game. The Nets were able to exploit that defense in their first matchup as Joe Johnson hit 10 three-pointers on December 16th in a 130-94 Nets win. The ball movement was crisp on that day as Deron Williams had 13 of the Nets 35 assists.
In their three game losing streak, the Nets have been badly out-rebounded. In fact, they set a NBA record-low against the Thunder with just 17 rebounds in a game. If the Nets are to get back on the winning track, a significant improvement on the glass could be a big help.
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