Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets
|Date & Time||Thursday April 18, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Brooklyn +2.5 -- Over/Under 227.5
The Philadelphia 76ers pay a visit to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in Game 3 on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers would’ve very disappointed with themselves after dropping the first game of the series, but they bounced back in fine fashion to beat the Nets by 145-123 in Game 2. Joel Embiid led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action, Tobias Harris added 19 points, Ben Simmons racked up a triple-doublle of 18 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists while JJ Redick chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the 76ers shot a healthy 56 percent from the field and nine of 23 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 65 points in the first half, before putting the game out of reach in the third quarter where they exploded for 51 points. With the blowout win, coach Brett Brown was able to rest most of his starters early as Embiid played just 21 minutes while Redick played just 24 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets looked great in their upset win in Game 1 before getting run off the court in Game 2. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in scoring with 19 points off the bench, D’Angelo Russell added 16 points on six of 16 shooting while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Nets shot 47 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they endured the hot shooting from the 76ers in the first half, but they was no coming back after the 76ers outscored them by 51-23 in a disastrous third quarter effort. None of the Nets’ starters could get anything going and on the defensive end, they just had no way of slowing down Embiid or Simmons.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points. The Nets are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on two days rest, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Brooklyn.
The Nets will be disappointed with their efforts in Game 2, but the bottom line is that they were able to come away from Philadelphia with home court-advantage which sets up the series nicely. The 76ers will be feeling confident after a dominant win to level the series but they are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games while the Nets are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on two days rest. This one could go either way, but with the excitement of playing their first home playoff game in a long time, I think the Nets can pull off the minor upset here.