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Top scorers meet in Philadelphia-Brooklyn matchup

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Brooklyn Nets (29-17, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (30-16, second in the Eastern Conference)

Philadelphia; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant meet when Philadelphia faces Brooklyn. Embiid leads the NBA averaging 33.6 points per game and Durant is seventh in the league averaging 29.7 points per game.

The 76ers are 4-3 against division opponents. Philadelphia scores 114.1 points while outscoring opponents by 3.9 points per game.

The Nets are 5-3 against opponents in the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 16.2 fast break points per game led by Kyrie Irving averaging 3.8.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The 76ers won the last matchup 115-106 on Nov. 23, with Tobias Harris scoring 24 points in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Embiid is scoring 33.6 points per game and averaging 9.8 rebounds for the 76ers. James Harden is averaging 19.0 points and 5.7 rebounds over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.

Irving averages 3.2 made 3-pointers per game for the Nets, scoring 26.7 points while shooting 37.0% from beyond the arc. Durant is shooting 56.4% and averaging 19.1 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.

LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 8-2, averaging 121.0 points, 41.9 rebounds, 27.0 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 49.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.3 points per game.

Nets: 5-5, averaging 110.8 points, 41.1 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 7.7 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.3 points.

INJURIES: 76ers: James Harden: day to day (foot), Joel Embiid: day to day (foot).

Nets: Kevin Durant: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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