The Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have certainly had interesting off seasons. The Nets have been dealing with the saga of Kyrie Irving and his refusal t6o get jabbed while the Sixers have had their own pain in the neck to deal with in Ben Simmons. These two teams, which finished 1-2 in the Eastern Conference regular season last year, play Friday in Philadelphia in the second game for each. The Nets are 0-1 while the Sixers are 1-0. We know Irving's not playing, but will Simmons play?
Nets fall in opener to BucksThe Brooklyn Nets have certainly had an interesting off season. The team that many picked to be the favorites to win the title this season was dealt a severe blow when one of their Big 3, Kyrie Irving, refused to get vaccinated. Since it is a requirement to do so in New York City for people attending events in large venues, the Nets had no choice but to tell Irving, sorry, you canʻt play until you get vaccinated. As of press time, Irving has not gotten jabbed and it looks like heʻs pretty dug in in his inistsence not to, so who knows if weʻll see him all season.
Thatʻs a bummer for Nets fans, as well as his teammates, Kevin Durant and James Harden, who were eyeing rings. The thing is, the Nets are good enough to win a ring without Irving. However, they did lose their opener to the world champion Bucks on Tuesday 127-104. They were actually blown out and looked pretty bad defensively. But it was ring ceremony night for the Bucks, so this is not a game they were going to win. Kevin Durant did his thing with 32 points and 11 rebounds while Harden 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. New pickup Patty Mills poured in 21 points off the bench. But the Nets were brutalized inside, as they were out rebounded 54-44.
Sixers win their openerThe Philadelphia 76ers have just about had enough of Ben Simmons. The all star guard has been pouting all off season and demanded a trade, which never happened. So he showed up for practice finally before the first game, and was sulking and not really giving a crap, at least according to reports. Coach Doc Rivers had enough and said, buh bye and kicked him out of practice and suspended him for Wednesdayʻs opener against New Orleans. It seems that Joel Embiid is over the drama too, as he basically said heʻs done thinking about Simmons and is focused on the team that is there and wants to play -- which he said has developed good chemistry.
Overnight the #Sixers indicated that there is no practice today.— Dave Uram (@MrUram) October 21, 2021
What that means for Ben Simmons' status for tomorrow night's home opener is unclear at this moment.
His suspension was only for last night's game in New Orleans.
That chemistry was on display in the Sixers opening game win as they won easily at New Orleans, 117-97. The Sixers shot 52% from the floor and made 13 of 25 from three point range while holding the Pelicans to 42% shooting. Embiid did his thing with 22 points and 6 rebounds, but he got some help from a variety of other places. Furkan Korkmaz also had 22 points while Tyrese Maxey, inserted into the starting lineup in Simmons' absence, had 20 points. Tobias Harris also had 20 points along with 12 rebounds. Newcomer Andre Drummond added 6 points and 17 rebounds off the bench.
- 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Nets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.
- Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.