The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets meet Thursday in Game 3 of the NBA East First Round Playoffs at the Barclays Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 92.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23 points and 5 assists, while Tyrese Maxey is averaging 23 points and 1.5 assists. Tobias Harris is the third double-digit scorer and James Harden is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc and 90.6 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 92.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Mikel Bridges is averaging 25.5 points and 5 rebounds, while Cameron Johnson is averaging 23 points and 4 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing 2.5 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 41 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in 76ers last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Nets last 5 home games. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers have gotten whatever they want at both ends of the floor and look way too comfortable. Usually the team down 0-2 coming back home puts up its best fight in game 3, but I question how much fan support the Nets are going to have. New York has never loved the Nets, and that's going to be even more of the case with the Knicks doing their thing and soon coming back home. Wouldn't be shocked if the 76ers have a decent amount of fans in the building. This line is reasonable. Give me the 76ers and the chalk.