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The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to get back on track in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against Brooklyn Nets.
Nets are looking to take a command 2-0 lead
In Game 1 of the first-round series against the 76ers, the Nets took early command with a strong performance in Saturday’s contest that saw their young core group show much promise on the court. There was plenty of offensive balance on the court that saw them pace past Philadelphia, who had a litany of problems putting together a balanced outing offensively in the process. Brooklyn had six players finish in double-figure scoring while they shot 42.3 percent from beyond the arc while committing just 12 turnovers in the contest. It featured a huge game from All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell, who led the way offensively with 26 points where he had 14 points in the third quarter alone that shifted the tide significantly in the Nets’ favor. Russell has been the driving force offensively for his team that was put on full display against the 76ers and will continue to be a major factor throughout this series.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 14, 2019
However, the play of bench was huge in the contest that saw them provide a huge boost. Guard Caris LeVert was huge in helping the Nets grab a crucial Game 1 win as he led the bench in scoring with 23 points along with hitting all three of his 3-pointers in the contest. LeVert’s play helped keep the 76ers at bay when the second unit was in the contest. This was also the case with guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who notched 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor. Dinwiddie has proven throughout the last couple of years to be one of the league’s top Sixth men with his consistent scoring punch and steady play when he has been on the floor. His production has been huge helping get Brooklyn into the postseason and make them a legitimate threat. Meanwhile, big man Ed Davis posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in the contest. Davis was huge in the game being responsible for more than a third of their rebound production in the contest. Ultimately, if the Nets hope to grab a 2-0 series in the league before it shifts back to Barclays Center, it will need them to put forth another balanced performance.
76ers hoping to bounce back in Game 2
It wasn’t the type of start to the playoffs that the 76ers had hoped falling in discouraging fashion in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Nets. Philadelphia struggled to ever find a rhythm on the floor that saw them quickly fall behind in the first half to a deficit that they were never able to overcome at any point in the game. The 76ers played with much lack of fluidity in their offensive production that saw several of their core pieces struggle to put together strong outings that would have steadied them in the right direction to maintain their home court advantage in the series. Instead, this featured All-Star big man Joel Embiid having many issues ever finding his flow offensively as it was quite obvious that he wasn’t 100 percent with his nagging knee injury still bothering him on the court as many of his shots from outside the paint fell short. Keep in mind, Embiid wasn’t declared ready to go for the game until just prior to tipoff and that was another clear sign that he’s operating at less than full strength with an injury that only allowed him to play just eight games since the All-Star break ahead of the playoffs.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 14, 2019
That said, Embiid was able to put forth a highly productive game with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds in just 24 minutes played. Meanwhile, it saw All-star point guard Ben Simmons put forth a quiet performance as he had just nine points and seven rebounds despite having three blocks. His lack of production and ineffectiveness at the free throw line going 1-of-5 caught the ire of 76ers fans. On top of that, veteran guard J.J. Redick was the epitome of their offensive issues as he had just five points on 2-of-7 shooting and fouled out in just 23 minutes of action. There was simply no fluidity on the floor that led to this disappointing outcome that saw them shoot 40.3 percent from the floor while shooting just 3-of-25 from 3-point range (12.0) in the loss. The only bright spot was the stellar play of former All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler scoring a playoff career-high 36 points with nine rebounds. Butler became just the fourth player in team history to have 30 points in a playoff game in the last 25 years joining Embiid, Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, and Andre Miller. Ultimately, if the 76ers hope to bounce back on their home floor on Monday night, it will need them to put together a strong collective offensive performance.
- 76ers are 31-15 ATS in their last 46 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- Over is 28-12 in Nets last 40 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 21-9 in Nets last 30 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although it a disastrous performance in Game 1 of the series, the 76ers will be in order toward bouncing back with a strong collective performance on their home floor on Monday night. It will be a competitive contest, but one that will see the 76ers show why they have much consideration as a potential serious threat to come out of the East. Simply put, it is their statement game of the series to help push the tide back in their direction.
Prediction: Philadelphia -7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
With that in mind, this should see a strong collective performance from the 76ers with their core group getting back on track with respectable outings from Simmons, Redick, and Tobias Harris, who each had single-digit outputs in Game 1. Meanwhile, the Nets will continue to be fueled by their balanced scoring attack led by their backcourt production. It should also be noted that the over is 5-1 in 76ers’ last six home games.
Prediction: Over 225.5