The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets meet Saturday in Game 4 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 106.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 94 points on 45 percent shooting. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 23.7 points and 2 assists, while Joel Embiid is averaging 20 points and 4 assists. Tobias Harris is the third double-digit scorer and James Harden is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 94 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 47 percent shooting. Mikel Bridges is averaging 25.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Cameron Johnson is averaging 21 points and 4.3 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing 2.5 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 41.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 4-0 in 76ers last 4 Saturday games. The under is 5-1 in Nets last 6 home games. The 76ers are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Brooklyn and 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Brooklyn Nets had every chance in the world to win game 3 and still couldn't get the job done, even with James Harden getting ejected in the third quarter. Losses like that are gut punches, and we've seen many teams fold in the next game. Guys could be ready for the season to end, and I doubt many want to find the motivation to play again in Philly, where they were smoked twice. I'll lay the chalk with the 76ers.