Brooklyn Nets vs. 76ers at a Glance
TEAMS: Nets (7-18) vs. Sixers (6-20)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
BROADCASTS: TV – CSN RADIO – 97.5 FM
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411 ON NETS: The fourth-worst team in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets have two eight-game skids. They have lost eight consecutive games to Eastern Conference opponents . They've also suffered eight straight road losses.
However, Brooklyn has accomplished three-point shooters. Brook Lopez (43), Bojan Bogdanovic (43), Joe Harris (42) and Sean Kilpatrick (42) have all made at least 42 three-pointers in the first 25 games.
The Houston Rockets – with Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and James Harden – are the only other team to have four players record 40 or more three-pointers this season.
In all, the Nets have made 274 threes.
But Lopez is much more than the three-point shooting center. The 7-footer is the franchise's all-time leading shot blocker with 888. Forty of those blocks came this season. As a result, he joins Kevin Durant, Marc Gasol and Kristaps Porzingis as the only players to make at least 40 three-pointers and block at least 40 shots this season.
Sixers fans may be familiar with Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick and reserve forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Jefferson was a McDonald's All American at Chester High School and led the Clippers to consecutive PIAA championships. Meanwhile, Kilpatrick was standout on the Sixers' NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.
44 Bojan Bogdanovic F 6-8 15.2 ppg. 3.3 rpg.
35 Trevor Booker PF 6-8 10.2 ppg 9.1 rpg.
11 Brook Lopez C 7-0 20.2 ppg. 5.3 rpg.
6 Sean Kilpatrick G 6-4 16.2 ppg. 4.6 rpg.
15 Isaiah Whitehead G 6-4 6.6 ppg. 3.2 apg.
Coach: Kenny Atkinson (first season, 7-18)
Injury report: TBA
33 Robert Covington G/F 6-9 9.7 ppg. 1.7 spg.
21 Joel Embiid PF 7-2 17.5 ppg. 2.5 bpg
8 Jahlil Okafor C 6-11 11.7 ppg. 4.7 rpg.
12 Gerald Henderson G 6-5 9.3 ppg. 1.6 apg.
14 Sergio Rodriguez PG 6-3 8.8 ppg 6.5 apg.
Coach: Brett Brown (Fourth season, 53-219)
Injury report: Ben Simmons (right foot fracture, out), Jerryd Bayless, (left wrist ligament tear, out).
Las Vegas Line
Sixers are a 2 ½-point favorite.
The Sixers hold a 105-79 series advantage. The teams split last season's four meetings.
LAST SERIES MEETING: The Sixers were unable to stop Bogdanovic in a 131-114 loss on March 15 at the Barclays Center.
The Croatian's career-high 44 points tied Drazen Petrovic for the most points by a foreign-born player in Nets history. The total also was the highest ever by a Net at the arena. Seventeen of his points came in the first quarter on 6-for-6 shooting. The 6-foot-8 second-year player went on to make his first nine shots en route to shooting 17 of 27 for the game.
Former Sixer Thaddeus Young added 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Kilpatrick had 19 points in a reserve role. The shooting guard, who made 3 of 4 three-pointers.
With Bogdanovic leading the charge, the Nets scored 71 first-half points. That tied for the most points the Sixers surrendered in the first half that season. They gave up 71 points before intermission in a 121-114 loss at New Orleans on Feb. 19.
The inability to stop the Nets early wasn't the only problem.
The Sixers missed 14 of their first 16 shots en route to shooting 6 of 26 (23.1 percent) in the first quarter. That doomed them from the start.
Isaiah Canaan led the Sixers with 20 points after making 5 of 10 three-pointers. Ish Smith, Nerlens Noel and Nik Stauskas added 18 points apiece.
Tuesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, New Orleans Pelican vs. Sixers
Friday: 9 p.m., at Talking Stick Arena, Sixers vs. Phoenix Suns
Dec. 26: 10:30 p.m., at Golden 1 Center, Sixers vs. Sacramento Kings
Dec. 29: 9 p.m., at EnergySolutions Arena, Sixers vs. Utah Jazz
Dec. 30: 9 p.m., at Pepsi Center, Sixers vs. Denver Nuggets