Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
|Date & Time||Monday April 15, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Wells Fargo Center
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 225
The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers meet Monday in game two of the NBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Brooklyn Nets have a chance to take complete control of this series with another road victory before heading back home for game three. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 111 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 40.7 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 26 points and four assists while Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 18 points and three rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Caris LeVert is grabbing four rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 92.3 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 12 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have won five of their last nine road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers need a win to even up this series and prevent things from getting completely out of control. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 102 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 36 points and nine rebounds while Joel Embiid is averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds. Boban Marjanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is dishing three assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 12 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 42.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games, 6-15 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday 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.
Game one wasn't a fluke, so I'm surprised we're getting a line in the same ballpark. The Brooklyn Nets are a close team that competes, plays fast and makes a lot of threes. The Philadelphia 76ers are extremely talented but very careless and rely heavily on iso ball. The 76ers also don't seem to play with a sense of urgency needed in the playoffs. Outside of Butler, there are a lot of 76ers who seem nonchalant and treat things like an ordinary regular season game in January. That's without even mentioning the injury to Embiid, a knee issue that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. The 76ers should play better and I'm not counting them out of this series, but the value is once again with the Nets and the free points.