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NBA - US Sports: Nets won't protect Simmons from Philly anger

There are just two NBA games on Thursday and all eyes will be on the Wells Fargo Center as Brooklyn Nets make the trip to Philadelphia 76ers.

The Nets are 17/10 to win in the Money Line and the Sixers can be backed at 1/2.

Big-time trade

The two teams were involved in the biggest deal on the trade deadline as James Harden swapped Brooklyn for Philly and Ben Simmons moved in the opposite direction.

Harden has hit the ground running for the Sixers and will come up against his former teammates, but Simmons is yet to suit up for the Nets.

The Australian guard didn't make a single appearance for the Sixers in the first half of the season and is yet to make his Brooklyn debut due to a lack of match fitness.

Simmons has been on the Nets bench though, and coach Steve Nash says he will have to cope with whatever reception he gets from the home fans on Thursday.

"He's a big boy, he'll be fine and he's excited to join our team," said Nash, via the New York Post. "He wants to be there on the bench with his teammates."

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Durant knows the score

Nets superstar Kevin Durant has been in a similar position himself after leaving Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State Warriors back in 2016.

Durant had the chance to answer his OKC critics on the court when he made his return to his old team and Simmons doesn't have that opportunity, but the two-time champion says that is something his teammate will have to deal with.

"Ben doesn't have that opportunity right now: He's got to just sit there and just take a bunch of people being childish, throwing insults at his way because he didn't want to play basketball for them [any] more," he said. 

Thursday's other game sees Golden State make the trip to Denver Nuggets in what should be an intriguing battle, but one that is unlikely to overshadow whatever happens in Philadelphia.

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