Brooklyn Nets (43-40) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (51-32)
Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm ET (Wells Fargo Center)
Line and Odds: 76ers -8 Over/Under: 226
Best Money Line: Nets +310 76ers -210
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After their 111-102 Game 1 loss in a disappointing upset, the 76ers aim to rebound in their playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets scored 31 points in each of their first three quarters of play. One major difference between the two teams in this game was three-point accuracy. Brooklyn averaged 42.3% from the three-point arc, while Philadelphia shot 12%. Nevertheless, the 76ers out-rebounded the Nets 64 to 52. So, the 76ers had plenty of opportunities to score more points, but the Nets were more accurate on the court. For the players’ game statistics, D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points and shot 10/25, while Jimmy Butler scored 36 points and shot 11/22. Despite Russell’s 4 turnovers, he still had 4 assists in 29 minutes of play.
The 76ers’ Tobias Harris had 6 assists in 41 minutes of play. Brooklyn’s Ed Davis had a total of 16 rebounds, consisting of 13 recovered defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds. Based on recovering 11 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds, Joel Embiid ended the game with a total of 15 rebounds. In the last three head to head meetings, the Nets are now 2-1 against the 76ers. Philadelphia had a higher field goal percentage of 48.69% in these games, and out-rebounded the Nets 44 to 42.33. However, the Nets were more accurate from beyond the three-point arc, shooting 36/86, whereas the 76ers shot 27/78.
The Philadelphia 76ers are ranked 4th in scoring offense, averaging 115 points per game. The 76ers’ offensive efficiency rating is ranked 8th, and the rating is 1.090. These statistics are all now based on playoff performances. Jimmy Butler is leading the 76ers for points and steals per game, averaging 36 points and 2 steals. Joel Embiid is leading the team for rebounds and blocks per game. Embiid averages 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Tobias Harris is in first place for assists, earning 6 per game. Center Boban Marjanovic is leading the team for the highest field goal percentage, which is 71.4%. Jimmy Butler averaged 33.2 minutes in the regular season, but he played 39 minutes in Game 1 against the Nets.
While Ben Simmons‘ MPG was 34.2 minutes in the regular season, he played 32 minutes in Game 1. According to the injury report, James Ennis III is listed as doubtful for tonight’s Game 2. Joel Embiid is listed as “questionable” as well. Embiid’s knee injury should not be overlooked in this playoff series. When scoring defense is factored in, the 76ers allow 112.5 points per game, ranking 19th overall. Ranking 15th, the team’s defensive efficiency rating is 1.065. Furthermore, Philadelphia ranks 16th for free throw shooting at 77.1%. The team averages 78.6% at home, but they shoot 75.2% away. This series could get ugly for the 76ers, if they cannot pull off a win on their home court tonight.
The Brooklyn Nets are ranked 14th in scoring offense, averaging 112.2 points per game. The team’s offensive efficiency rating is 1.061, which ranks 19th overall. D’Angelo Russell is leading the team for points per game in the post-season, earning 26 points. Ed Davis is ahead in rebounds, averaging 16 per game. Jared Dudley acquires 4 assists per game, DeMarre Carroll has 3 steals, and Caris LeVert is averaging at least 1 block. Joe Harris and Ed Davis are tied for the highest field goal percentage on the team, shooting 71.4%. While Russell averaged 30.2 minutes per game in the regular season, he played 29 minutes in Game 1.
Carroll’s MPG is 34 minutes and Spencer Dinwiddie’s MPG is 32 minutes. After further review of the injury report, both Jared Dudley and Ed Davis are listed as “questionable” for tonight’s Game 2. Although the Nets are playing well without shooting guard Allen Crabbe, the results of this playoff series will be a sure sign in whether or not they can overcome adversity against contenders. For scoring defense, they allow their opponents to score 112.2 points per game, ranking 18th in the NBA. The team’s defensive efficiency rating is ranked 12th, and it is 1.061. Not to mention, Brooklyn ranks 24th for free throw shooting at 74.7%. They average 75% at home, but shoot 74.4% from the free throw line on the road. After the team’s Game 1 win at the Wells Fargo Center, due to a stellar performance, their free throw percentage on the road increased.
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Philadelphia is 2-5 in their last 7 home games
Philadelphia is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games
Brooklyn is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
Brooklyn is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Brooklyn is 26-16 ATS away for the season
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Leading into tonight’s Game 2, the defenses are still similar, but the 76ers are superior for scoring offense. The 76ers are the better free throw shooting team as well. When three-point shooting is calculated, Philadelphia shoots 35.7% from beyond the three-point arc, while Brooklyn shoots 35.4%. The 76ers’ team shooting percentage also ranks 8th in the NBA at 47%. The Nets are ranked 25th, shooting 44.8% overall on the court. For total rebounding percentage, Philadelphia ranks 4th at 51.8%, whereas Brooklyn ranks 12th at 50.4%.
In terms of turnovers, both teams have a bad habit of committing too many. The 76ers have an average of 14.9 turnovers, while the Nets average 15 turnovers per game. Both teams commit about 21 personal fouls per game. Moreover, the 76ers are 31-11 at home for the season, and the team is 41-18 as selected favorites. The Nets are 20-22 away, 23-5 for the season as favorites, and 20-35 as underdogs. Moving forward into the playoffs, Joel Embiid’s knee injury might turn out to be a larger factor in this series. Though, despite Brooklyn’s incredible 9-point road win in Game 1, once again, the 76ers should be favored on their home court.