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    Philadelphia 76ers (15-20) vs. Brooklyn Nets (19-15)

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    While the streaking Brooklyn Nets continue to show improvement under P.J. Carlesimo, the Philadelphia 76ers are happy to finally be home as they begin yet another set of back-to-back games.

    The Nets look to make it four straight wins Tuesday night when they visit a 76ers team playing its first home game since Dec. 21.

    Since firing Avery Johnson on Dec. 27, Brooklyn (19-15) has won five of six with Carlesimo as interim coach. Six Nets scored in double figures in a 113-93 rout of Sacramento on Saturday.

    "We're getting our confidence as a group, we're getting our trust," said center Brook Lopez, who scored a team-high 18 points in 16 minutes.

    Philadelphia (15-20) is beginning its fourth consecutive set of back-to-back games, but at least it will have enjoyed two days of rest before this one. The 76ers capped a 2-6 trip with three such sets of contests, and fell 109-85 at Oklahoma City on Friday and 109-86 to San Antonio the next night.

    "The last two nights I think it kind of wore on us," said reserve center Spencer Hawes, who scored a season-high 22 points against the Spurs. "We're not here to make excuses but when you look at the standings, we don't have the best record right now, we're not playing the best but I think we have the opportunity to turn it around quickly and we're still right in the mix."

    The Sixers are starting a stretch in which they'll play 13 of 15 at home, though they'll travel to Toronto on Wednesday. They remain optimistic despite poor results on a trip that began with a 95-92 loss to Brooklyn on Dec. 23 -- Philadelphia's last game against an Eastern Conference foe.

    "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, averaging 14.0 points in his last three games after averaging 25.3 over his previous three. "It was tough, but as a team we grew from it."

    Last month's victory over the 76ers was Johnson's final one as coach. Joe Johnson led Brooklyn with 22 points while Holiday paced Philadelphia with 24 and nine assists.

    Another change from that contest for Brooklyn is the emergence of second-year guard MarShon Brooks, who was getting inconsistent minutes under Avery Johnson and did not play in the first matchup. Brooks has turned in his two highest-scoring efforts under Carlesimo -- and highest of the season -- after a 15-point performance Saturday.

    "I'm not looking over my shoulder (now). I'm just going out there and having fun," Brooks said. "That's kind of the way I play."

    Brooklyn is averaging 101.3 points under Carlesimo -- 112.7 during the win streak -- after averaging 94.5 in its first 28 games. The Nets are also enjoying a rebounding margin of plus-4.0 under their new coach after it was plus-1.2 previously.

    Lopez has also responded positively to the coaching change, averaging 23.7 points and 59.8 percent shooting. Three of his five highest totals in free-throw attempts have come in the last six games.
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    Deron Wiliams | Joe Johnson | Gerald Wallace | Reggie Evans | Brook Lopez

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    Jrue Holiday | Jason Richardson | Evan Turner | Thaddeus Young | Lavoy Allen

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    @NYDNInterNets Nets announce that Gerald Wallace (rest) and Jerry Stackhouse (personal reasons) did not practice today.

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    Thanks for the early GT CC. I like the Nets in this game even though the 76ers are at home.

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    I was actually going to give a shot at making an official one, because I did a ton of them for the Yankees forum. I'll make the next one, though. Nets should win this one, IMO.

    Hopefully we can start getting people more active in here with the GTs

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    We got this. I wonder if the Nets are doing well lately because they are rallying for PJC or whether PJC is rally the difference...


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    Brooklyn isn't smoking noone's *** besides the line at the medicare office
    Sig bet with FriedTofuz or whatever his name is (I'm on my phone so it's too tedious to go find his exact name) that if the Nets lose to the Raptors I will delete my account and if the Raptors lose he will delete his (lol Raptors fans are so cute).

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    Could be a combo of both.

    The lack of ISO makes me feel pretty good though!

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    Lopez should dominate their diminutive front court and Joe Johnson should have a field day against Turner.

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    ^my first though.

    lopez should have a big game against their guys inside. will definitely help the wings like JJ on kick out 3s.

    wouldnt be surprised if wallace started either. i like the evans starting though personally.

    think teletovic will get the minutes off the bench or will hump resume his minutes coming back from injury?
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    Well the truth is

    It's mainly the caliber of competition more than anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chill_Will_24 View Post
    We got this. I wonder if the Nets are doing well lately because they are rallying for PJC or whether PJC is rally the difference...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YEDB90 View Post
    I was actually going to give a shot at making an official one, because I did a ton of them for the Yankees forum. I'll make the next one, though. Nets should win this one, IMO.

    Hopefully we can start getting people more active in here with the GTs
    Thanks a ton man. Appreciate it. Just keep me in the loop via Private Message! I think we got this one in the bag as well.

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    102-90 Nets make it 20 wins

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainClutch View Post
    Thanks a ton man. Appreciate it. Just keep me in the loop via Private Message! I think we got this one in the bag as well.

    Prediction:

    102-90 Nets make it 20 wins
    I'll send you a FR just to make it quicker and easier

    It'll probably take me a bit to get into the swing of things in terms of an NBA IGT, because I've just done baseball, but I'll figure it out and I will take the next one.

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    That #

    sounds about right. I like the Nets in this game and the next 3 too. Then it gets wicked tough for a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainClutch View Post
    Thanks a ton man. Appreciate it. Just keep me in the loop via Private Message! I think we got this one in the bag as well.

    Prediction:

    102-90 Nets make it 20 wins

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1_FrozenNetsFan View Post
    It's mainly the caliber of competition more than anything.
    Like OKC?

    EDIT: The Kings were playing very well befire we beat them having won 3 of the last 4 and Cousins looking unstoppable again


    Quote Originally Posted by Max.This View Post
    Brooklyn isn't smoking noone's *** besides the line at the medicare office
    Sig bet with FriedTofuz or whatever his name is (I'm on my phone so it's too tedious to go find his exact name) that if the Nets lose to the Raptors I will delete my account and if the Raptors lose he will delete his (lol Raptors fans are so cute).

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    well

    With the new skipper the Nets are 5 n 1. Of those 6 games only 2 teams over .500. They split those two games, being blown out in one and almost losing the other after having a substancial lead throughout a good deal of the game.
    lol...you slipped in that part about the Kings run without me noticing....nonetheless they aren't that good although they were playing better at the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chill_Will_24 View Post
    Like OKC?

    EDIT: The Kings were playing very well befire we beat them having won 3 of the last 4 and Cousins looking unstoppable again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chill_Will_24 View Post
    Like OKC?

    EDIT: The Kings were playing very well befire we beat them having won 3 of the last 4 and Cousins looking unstoppable again
    Seriously. We look pretty good for this week

    Tuesday - @ Philly --> Win (20-15)

    Friday - @ home vs. Phoenix --> Win (21-15)

    Sunday - @ home vs. Indiana --> Win (22-15)


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    Oh yea!!

    This is gonna be a good one. Phoenix is really easy, especially if they aren't @Airways. Philly are out of whack and in a losing streak and aren't that good, bynum or no bynum. Pacers will be more of a statement than a challenge, will probably be the hardest of the three, but that doesn't mean anything.

    These three wins, and were looking at #3 overall in the East!!
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