New Jersey Looks to Take Advantage of Philadelphia's Struggles

Team Page: Philadelphia :: New Jersey

56% of Bets Placed on Sixers +5 | Matchup | NBA Picks
Increased scoring from Jason Kidd helped the New Jersey Nets end a long losing streak. Allen Iverson's torrid run on offense, meanwhile, hasn't been enough to end the Philadelphia 76ers' struggles.

Kidd and the Nets (6-9) look to win consecutive games for just the second time this season when they host Iverson and the struggling 76ers (5-9) on Saturday night.

Oddsmakers have made New Jersey -5 point spread favorites (NBA Odds) for todays game, the over/under has been set at

196 total points (View NBA Sports Books).

Kidd had 19 points as New Jersey snapped a six-game losing streak with a 106-103 win at Boston on Wednesday night. The Nets, who lead the Atlantic Division, have a chance to win two straight for the first time since Nov. 15-17.

Kidd also added eight rebounds and nine assists Wednesday while snapping a streak of five straight games scoring in single figures. He was 12-of-43 from the field during that stretch.

New Jersey had scored under 100 points in each game during the skid.

``There is no one we would rather have lead our team than Kidd,'' coach Lawrence Frank said.

Kidd is one triple-double shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain for third on the career list at 78. Oscar Robertson is first with 181, followed by Magic Johnson with 138.

Vince Carter led the Nets Wednesday with 23 points, 16 in the fourth quarter.

``We've been playing bad basketball long enough,'' said Carter, who tops New Jersey with 26.8 points per game. ``We (Kidd and Carter) wanted to change things and this win was much needed.''

Nets center Nenad Krstic, the team's first-round pick in 2002, is averaging career highs with 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He has averaged 18.3 points in the last three contests.

Iverson had 45 points but the 76ers lost their second straight game, 103-91 at Miami on Monday night.

He had 27 at the half, when the score was 51-all, but the Heat pulled away as Iverson shot 7-for-19 in the second half. Iverson finished 17-for-37 for the 76ers, who shot 37.1 percent.

``I'm disappointed, because we're a good team,'' said Iverson, who is among the league leaders with 31.7 points per game. ``We just have to maintain how we play in the beginning of the game throughout the whole game.''

Iverson left practice Wednesday, complaining of fatigue, and also skipped a bowling event with corporate sponsors and season-ticket holders. He was fined an undisclosed amount for missing the event and said the effects of medicine after a dental procedure made him unable to attend.

``I'm not too much worried about the fine as the fact I missed a team event,'' Iverson said. ``That's the most important thing. But it's been bothering me since I had the teeth pulled.''

Philadelphia's Shavlik Randolph, who has started the last six games in place of injured forward Chris Webber, broke his left ankle at practice Thursday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Randolph was playing defense when he collided with Andre Iguodala.

``I saw players just running around and screaming,'' 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. ``It was something bad. I've never seen anything like it in my life.''

Randolph averaged 6.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in the six starts.

``It was like a Joe Theismann thing,'' Iguodala said, referring to the career-ending hit on the Washington Redskins quarterback in 1985.

Webber has been out with back problems, and his status for Saturday's game is uncertain.

Philadelphia won three of four games against New Jersey last season after dropping six of seven in the series.

By: Marc Young - theSpread.com - Email Us

More NBA Basketball Coverage from theSpread.com

 - NBA Basketball teams
 - NBA Basketball standings
 - NBA Basketball schedule
 - NBA Basketball scoreboard
 - NBA Basketball injuries
 - NBA Basketball matchups
 - NBA Basketball stats
 - NBA Basketball odds
 - NBA Basketball public betting chart
 - NBA Basketball news wire
 - NBA Basketball top stories
 - NBA Basketball trends
 - AccuScore NBA Basketball predictions
 - Expert NBA Basketball picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NBA Basketball Home

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Celtics vs. Cavs Game 4 Pick Will the Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back after an embarrassing loss when they host the Boston Celtics tonight in Game 4 at...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Spurs Game 4 Pick Will the Golden State Warriors continue their dominance of the San Antonio Spurs when they meet up in Game...
Thumbnail Celtics vs. Cavs Game 3 Pick Will the Cleveland Cavaliers show any mercy to the Boston Celtics when the two meet in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Spurs Game 3 Pick As the Western Conference Finals shift to the home of the San Antonio Spurs, will they be able to hang with the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the series tonight...
Thumbnail Cavs vs. Celtics Game 2 Pick Will the Cleveland Cavaliers cruise to another big win when they face the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at...

NBA Headlines

  • ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jeff Weltman wanted to run his own organization and the Orlando Magic have given him that opportunity.
    Weltman was formally introduced Wednesday as the franchise's new pres...
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NBA All-Star game will be coming to Charlotte in 2019, two years after the city was to host the event.
    The NBA announced Wednesday the game will be played at Spectrum...
  • CLEVELAND (AP) Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas has visited one hip specialist and plans to see others.
    Thomas, who is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March...
  • SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kyle Kuzma wasn't sure how things would play out when he announced plans in late March to test the NBA draft. The Utah Utes junior forward was well aware of the doubters and di...
  • SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili was swept away by the emotions of a sold-out home crowd serenading him with chants of ''Manu, Manu'' and rising as one for a standing ovation in the closing minutes ...

NBA Team Pages