Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Odds, Preview, Prediction and Tips
Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NBA Basketball Game on Saturday February 6th, 2021.
Amid the furor over the NBA's COVID-19 protocols and uncertainty over Kevin Durant's status, the Brooklyn Nets will visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
According to ESPN, Durant did not travel with the Nets to Pennsylvania after a dramatic Friday night in Brooklyn.
In a game the Nets ultimately lost 123-117 to the Toronto Raptors, Durant was held out early due to coronavirus contact tracing. Someone he was in contact with earlier in the day had an inconclusive COVID-19 test.
Durant entered the game in the first quarter before being pulled in the third for the remainder of the game due to health and safety protocols after his colleague's test came back positive.
Shortly after being retired, Durant tweeted: "Set me free."
ESPN reported after the game that Durant could be forced to skip multiple games.
Nets head coach Steve Nash said: "I don't think I'm coming to Philadelphia, but I don't think they necessarily decided. It's just a contact tracing procedure and I think it will determine how long I will have to fail. But we are still collecting information at this time. "
Brooklyn guard James Harden said of the intermittent nature of Durant's appearance on Friday: "I think the game should have been postponed. If we're talking contact tracing, he was all around us ... If that was the case. , we should have postponed the game. "
The Nets fell to 4-2 with Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving playing together. Durant had eight points in 19 minutes and Harden had 17 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. Irving scored 15 points, but made only one shot in the fourth quarter and didn't score.
Two frustrated teams will be looking for a much-needed victory on Saturday. The Nets still have a lot of talent to win on the road even without Durant.
The 76ers will also look to bounce back from a disappointing loss. Philadelphia fell 121-105 Thursday to the exhausted Portland Trail Blazers, who played without several key players, including Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Philadelphia competed without Ben Simmons (twin), although coach Doc Rivers didn't think the injury was serious. Seth Curry also left after 12 minutes of scoreless play due to illness. Curry has been slow to get back into shape after a fight with COVID-19.
The Sixers got a big scare in the first quarter when All-Star Joel Embiid briefly left with a hyperextended right knee. Embiid, who has been injury-prone during his brief career, again led the Sixers with 37 points.
The Sixers have lost just two of 12 home games this season.
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