Irving has been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup vs. the 76ers for personal reasons. It’s a huge blow for the Nets, who are already playing without Kevin Durant due to health and safety protocols. Reggie Perry has also been ruled out with a groin injury, while Rodions Kurucs will suit up despite initially being listed as questionable.
The Nets will face a stiff test vs. the 76ers, who have been one of the best teams in basketball to start the year. The 76ers have won seven of their first eight games, and their Net Rating of +8.67 points per 100 possessions is the third-highest mark in the league.
That said, it’s possible that the 76ers could also be shorthanded. Joel Embiid was not listed on the injury report, but he is always a candidate to rest on the second leg of a back-to-back. Seth Curry is also listed as questionable, and he’s been a massive part of the 76ers’ rotation so far this season.
The 76ers are currently listed as 4.5-point road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, while the total sits at 224.0 points.
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