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NBA: Brooklyn vs Philadelphia, January 8, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Capper: Jesse Schule
https://experts.covers.com/Handicapper/Jesse_SchulePick: Brooklyn +1.5
This is a FREE play on the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have new life under P.J. Carlesimo, they are coming off three straight victories, and they are five of six since firing Avery Johnson as head coach. The only loss being a game against the Spurs in San Antonio.
Brooklyn has had two days off since defeating the Kings at home on Saturday, and they come into Philadelphia well rested. The Sixers may well have tired legs though, tonight's game is the first of a back to back, their fourth consecutive back to back in the last 10 days. Whoever made the schedule this year must not have been a Sixers fan.
"I have never experienced a road trip like this where it's three back-to-backs in a row and we played some of the best teams in the league and even before that we started off with Brooklyn," said leading scorer Jrue Holiday. "It was tough, but as a team we grew from it."
The Sixers have looked like a tired team, losing three straight, and five of their last six. They are coming off a horrendous road trip, having played their last eight game away from home.
The Nets are averaging over 100 points per game since the coaching change, in comparison with an average of fewer than 95 points per game prior. Center Brook Lopez is playing much better basketball, averaging 23.7 points per game and shooting 50% from the field. Brooklyn is also out-rebounding opponents by a margin of +4, while they had been losing the battle on the boards prior to Carlesimo taking over.
The Nets are a team on the rise, and Philly is dog tired, there is no reason to expect a lot from the Sixers here, this should be an easy victory for Brooklyn.
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