Nets vs. 76ers Odds, Prediction: Game 2 NBA Playoffs

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2019

The sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets upset the highly-rated Philadelphia 76ers 111-102 to take a 1-0 lead in their National Basketball Association play-off series.

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Jimmy Butler was the lone bright spot for the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 226 points. Brooklyn doesn't have the horses to keep him under wraps. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game. While Russell and the Nets other two top guards, Caris LeVert, and Spencer Dinwiddie were the difference in Game 1, the 76ers' ability to lock down the outside and funnel Brooklyn scorers inside helped to neutralize the Nets' biggest strength. The Nets are now 43-40 on the season, 20-22 on the road, 46-37 against the spread and 42-41 with the under. Philly suffered due to having a half fit Embiid and if he isn't fully fit the Sixers will feel they are just better off executing a plan without him than alter everything around his limited minutes and limited play. However, they were 11-of-26 from the arc. Davis is questionable for the game tonight due to an ankle injury he suffered on Saturday. Dr. David J Chao, who has gained notoriety for diagnosing National Football League injuries in real time on his Twitter account, believes that Embiid's injury is a long-term issue. They took away a lot of Denver's off-ball movement, or at least never let it really open up.

A tough crowd as always, 76ers fans booed their star player Ben Simmons in the game, who scored only nine points in 32 minutes of action. With question marks over Embiid's health, winning this series might just end being a lot more hard than what most 76ers fans would've imagined at the end of the regular season. He scored 22 points with 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists, but even his strong showing wasn't enough. The Sixers need to brush off the gloomy, dejected vibes of Game 1 and prove they're not only the more talented team in this series, but that they're capable of playing as a cohesive unit.

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I think the Rockets and Harden will score at a pace that the Jazz just can't sustain, especially down the stretch. Eric Gordon chipped in 17 points for Houston , which shot 50.5 percent and posted a 42-41 advantage on the glass.

The 76ers were embarrassing to watch in Game 1. Brooklyn led by double digits for most of the quarter before settling for a nine-point win.

While the 76ers are supposedly a four-headed monster, three of the heads don't look that good. However, the Toronto Raptors are a well balanced team with a deep bench and a superstar in Kawhi Leonard so they shouldn't have had much trouble in prevailing over the Magic. The Nets aren't lacking in confidence and their bench is healthy and eager to prove themselves.

Rest assured, there were some things the Nets did to affect the outcome of Game 1.

DJ Augustin, who I called one of the more underrated point guards in our series preview matchup breakdown, came through with 25 big points in the win for the Magic and also hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the game.

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