Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets
|Date & Time||Saturday April 20, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Brooklyn, New York
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 232
The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets meet Saturday in game four of the NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center.
The Philadelphia 76ers can take complete control of this series with a third straight win and a 3-1 lead. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 126 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 116.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 19.7 points and five rebounds. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Tobias Harris is grabbing 9.3 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last 10 road games.
The Brooklyn Nets need a win here to tie up the series and improve their odds of advancing. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 116.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 126 points on 48.6 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 22.7 points and three assists while Caris LeVert is averaging 20.7 points and five rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have split their last six home games.
The 76ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Nets last 8 home games. The over is 4-1 in 76ers last 5 overall.
Even without Joel Embiid, I think it's fair to say that the Philadelphia 76ers are comfortably the better team in this series. The 76ers should also be fine without their big man yet again with Simmons finally being aggressive and Harris hitting shots consistently. While the 76ers will need Embiid to win the East, the rest of the squad finally came to play in game three and showed a glimpse of what this squad can be when firing on all cylinders. The Nets rely too much on the three ball and the defense suffers when shots aren't falling. The 76ers can't afford a long series if they're going to make a deep playoff run, and they have a chance to all but end things with a win here. I'll lay the bucket.