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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 PM EST

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They’re playing for first place in the East.

Tuesday night, without Kevin Durant and James Harden, among others, the Brooklyn Nets will look to retain first place in the East when they head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.

Brooklyn will be shorthanded; the 76ers, most likely, will be at full strength. So would it even matter of the Nets lost? Yeah, of course. It would be nice to be playing from ahead, as opposed to be making up ground in the standings.

So, hey, win. OK?

Once again, we’ll be taking to Clubhouse after tonight’s game to talk Nets vs. 76ers. Should be a great conversation.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (37-17) at Philadelphia 76ers (37-17)

WHEN: 7:00 PM EST

WHERE: ESPN (national), YES (local), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview.

So what do the Nets do [to stop Joel Embiid]? The play might be to double Embiid and let everyone else on the roster beat you. Doc’s guys are only 26th in three point attempts and 15th in efficiency so that could be something the Nets try to exploit. Nicolas Claxton will have the toughest matchup of his young career tonight. He’s exceeded all expectations but with Aldridge out, more will be asked of him tonight. DeAndre Jordan returned to the rotation yesterday and looked pretty good for a dude who hasn’t played in weeks. Jordan’s size will be essential as he does battle with Embiid and Dwight Howard on the boards. Philly is the fourth best rebounding team in the league this year while the Nets are solidly in the middle of the pack.

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