NBA Playoffs Betting Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76’ers – Thursday, April 18, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Spread: Philadelphia -3
Betting Total: 227½ points
The (51-31) Philadelphia 76ers travel to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to take on the (42-40) Brooklyn Nets. The Nets shocked the Sixers in game 1, but Philly broke open a close game in the second half of game 2 to tie the series.
Now the series moves to Brooklyn for the next two of the best of seven series. In the regular season, these two split the 4 games played. Each going 1-1 on their home court. Looks like home court no sure thing in this series.
This game is being played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with tip-off scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM EST
BetOnline has set the line for this game at Philadelphia -3 and the over/under has been set at 227½ points
Philadelphia is scoring 115.4 ppg while giving up 112.6 points per game. Philadelphia definitely has one of the better scoring teams in the league ranking them all the way up at 4th. I guess their defense might be their downfall as they are ranked only 19th in the league.
Joel Embiid leads the team in scoring with 22.5 ppg. Right behind him is Jimmy Butler at 21.5 ppg. Four other players are averaging double digits per game. No wonder this team is 4th in points per game scored.
Joel Embiid is also the leader in rebounding pulling down 12.5 boards a game. Ben Simmons with 7.5 dishes per game leads in assists.
Brooklyn is scoring 112.4 ppg while giving up 112.6 points per game. Brooklyn’s offense is ranked in the middle of the pack at 14th, while their defense is slightly worse at 18th in points allowed per game.
Brooklyn is led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 21.0 ppg. This team has plenty of scoring with Spencer Dinwiddie (18.5), Caris LeVert (18.0), and two others chipping in 15 & 13 ppg. Ed Davis with 8.5 per game is the leading rebounder and the assists leader goes to Jared Dudley with 4 per game.
Philadelphia at the very least is expected to make the conference finals, so when Brooklyn came into the City of Brotherly Love in game one and turned that love into Boos for the home team with a 111-102 upset, many people in the basketball world were surprised. I guess you can chalk it up to not taking the Nets too seriously.
Moving forward in this series that should not be a problem. Ben Simmons called out the fans publicly for the hometown fans booing the Sixers. What does he expect? It is Philly. Lucky for him he came through in game two with a triple-double.
I guess that upset was not a wake-up call after all. I was expecting a blowout in game two, but at the half the Sixers only held a one point lead. I am sure the coach at the half had a few words for this team that I cannot repeat here and it worked.
Sixers came out and outscored the Nets 51-23 in the 3rd quarter on the way to an 145 -123 win to even the series. Philly needs to sweep these two games in Brooklyn to take back home-court advantage, while the Nets would be pleased with another split.
More focused Sixers team takes care of business on the road at Brooklyn!
Winning on the road in the NBA is never easy. Sixers are 20-21 away which does not sound great, but it is respectable. Championship caliber teams always have great home records. Brooklyn is only 23-18 at home this year. Not too bad……but certainly very beatable defending their home court. While these are not the same bad teams we are used to seeing from the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, they are not ready to challenge the top teams in the conference just yet.
It would make for a great story, but I just do not see it happening. In game one we did not see a good effort from Philly the whole game. Game two we saw one great quarter that made the difference. I think we finally see a more focused and most complete game from the Sixers so far in this series.
No question in my mind if the Sixers heads are on straight, this game is theirs for the taking. If Brooklyn is going to take one of these next two games, it will be game four after Philly gets the series lead back and maybe looks ahead a little bit again. Not happening in this one. Sixers by 13 or more.