The Sixers have struggled as of late, with six straight losses entering tonight, and an NBA-worst 1-10 record on the road. Philadelphia has lost 10 straight games on the road now after initially winning their first road game of the year back on November 1.
Rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams has been out of the lineup since December 3 with a skin infection on his right knee, and the 76ers are 1-9 without him. Carter-Williams is listed as doubtful for tonight's game and is not expected to play.
Meanwhile, the Nets have won two home games in a row, and are optimistic about getting Brook Lopez back from injury tonight. The Nets are 1-7 without Lopez this season, and he will be listed as a game-time decision with a left ankle sprain.
The Nets won three of their four matchups with the 76ers last season, winning those three games by an average of 14.7 points per game.
Philadelphia is led offensively by fourth-year swingman Evan Turner, who leads the team at 19.7 PPG. He also averages a respectable 6.6 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game.
The Sixers are a good rebounding team, led by Spencer Hawes, who averages 9.0 RPG. The Nets will have to find a way to keep Hawes and Thaddeus Young off the glass.
Key Matchup: The Nets are once again starting Alan Anderson at small forward, with Paul Pierce coming off the bench. That means Anderson will match up with Turner, and it'll be interesting to see if AA can slow down Philadelphia's top scoring option.
Anderson and Pierce have played well defensively this season, and if they can force the ball out of Turner's hands, that should bode well for Brooklyn. The 76ers play fast (NBA-best 101.68 possessions per 48 minutes). The Nets need to slow them down.
Player to Watch: Joe Johnson is the only player who's been in Brooklyn's starting lineup every game this season, and he averages a team-high 34.1 minutes per game.
He sat out of practice with an illness yesterday, and it'll be interesting to see if there are any lingering adverse effects from that and the heavy workload he's been under.
Johnson is averaging 15.5 PPG on 42.7% shooting this season, including 16.6 PPG on 44.3% shooting in 36.6 minutes per game over his last seven games.