Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)|
Wells Fargo Center
The Line: Philadelphia -8
The Brooklyn Nets pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Brooklyn Nets finished the regular season with three straight wins to finish above .500 with a record of 42-40 which is good for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. D’Angelo Russell has been leading the way with season averages of 12.1 points and 7.0 assists per game, Spencer Dinwiddie averages 16.8 points and 4.6 assists per game while Joe Harris has averaged 13.7 points per game. In the paint, Jarrett Allen has averaged 10.9 points and 1.5 blocks while DeMarre Carroll averaged 11.1 points during an injury plagued season. Unfortunately, Carroll is listed as questionable with a sprained right wrist while Harris is questionable with a foot injury.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers stumbled their way into the playoffs as they lost six of their past 10 games of the season to finish with the third seed. Joel Embiid played 64 games and led the team with averages of 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, Tobias Harris has looked comfortable in his role with his new team as he is averaging 18.2 points with 7.9 rebounds, Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.2 points while Ben Simmons is a nightly triple-double threat with averages of 16.9 points with 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists. The 76ers have had to rest a lot of injured bodies down the stretch which explains their rough finish, but the main players should be ready to go.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on two days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 31-14 ATS in their last 45 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the over is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings in Philadelphia and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
These squads split four meetings this season with a couple of those games decided by three points or less, so it’s been a close between these two. The Nets are playing with house money as few people had them making the playoffs this season while there is plenty of pressure on the 76ers who stacked their starting lineup with Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. I think the 76ers do enough to come away with the win at home, but I’m backing the Nets to keep this one relatively close.