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What Brooklyn Nets Must Do To Defeat Philadelphia 76ers

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The Brooklyn Nets will try to keep their three-game win streak alive when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. What is one thing the Nets must do if they want to defeat the 76ers?

Brooklyn is currently 37-26 and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference standings. They are three back in the loss column behind the Indiana Pacers for the third seed and cannot afford to get tripped up by a freefalling Philadelphia team that has lost four in a row and 11 of their last 12.

Since the 76ers are second to last in the NBA in points per game (92.2), the Nets defense should be able to contain Jrue Holiday  and allow their own top playmakers to score from all over the court to put Philadelphia’s defense in a bind. The 76ers really have no one that can match the intensity of Brook Lopez in the middle or Deron Williams on the outside so this will cause all sorts of problems for their offense.

Shutting down Holiday is a good way for Brooklyn to secure the win, but I believe the team’s key to victory will be Lopez. The 24-year-old center leads the team with 18.6 points per game and needs to be a force around the basket in order for the Nets to come out ahead. Philadelphia’s interior defense is not very good and they have no one that will be able to match up well with Lopez, who has been dominating in recent games.

I believe if Brooklyn can get the ball to Lopez in the post early and often they should be able to get a decent lead that will suck all of the energy out of the 76ers. When a team loses as much as Philadelphia has recently, it will not take much to knock them down and keep them from getting back up.