The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers meet Monday in Game 2 of the NBA East First Round Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 101 points on 55.7 percent shooting and allowing 121 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Mikel Bridges is averaging 30 points and 5 rebounds, while Cameron Johnson is averaging 18 points and 4 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing 1 assist. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 44.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 48.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.
The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 121 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 55.7 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26 points and 3 assists, while James Harden is averaging 23 points and 13 assists. Tobias Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Tyrese Maxey is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 48.8 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 44.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game.
The Nets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The 76ers are 25-12 ATS in their last 37 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The over is 5-2 in Nets last 7 road games. The over is 4-0 in 76ers last 4 overall. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I still believe this line is a bit disrespectful toward the Brooklyn Nets, a team with capable players who can steal a win or two if playing to their full ability. However, game 1 wasn't encouraging, considering the Nets shot over 55 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3 and still lost by 20 points. Yes, the Nets could clean up the 19 turnovers and defend the 3 better, but that margin of loss with their impressive shooting doesn't bode well moving forward. I have no choice but to lay the chalk with the road team.