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Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers - 4/13/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
Date & Time Saturday April 13, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 232
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers meet Saturday in game one of the NBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Brooklyn Nets are in the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15 and hope to get out of the first round for the first time since Jason Kidd coached the squad. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 112.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 21.1 points and seven assists while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 16.8 points and 2.4 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Caris LeVert is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have split their last eight road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoffs back-to-back years for the first time since Doug Collins coached this franchise. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 115.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 18.2 points and 2.9 assists. Jimmy Butler is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 6-15 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Atlantic and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia. The over is 5-1 in 76ers last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Nets last 7 road games.

Two of the last three meetings between the Nets and 76ers were decided by one bucket, and you could make an argument that the Nets are playing better basketball at the moment. The Philadelphia 76ers have yet to put everything tougher and continue to play sloppy, inconsistent basketball. If you're looking for a big upset in the first round, particularly the East, I wouldn't be shocked if the Nets won this series. I'm going to take the points in game one, as either the Nets are being seriously underrated or the 76ers are being overrated. 

Pick:
Brooklyn Nets +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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