Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets / NBA – The 76ers were for years the worst team but now they are legitimate candidates to win the first place in the Eastern Conference. We don’t know have the Nets used the same recipe like the 76ers but we know that after several seasons spent on the bottom of standings they are now one of most pleasant surprises in the league. They continued with good results at the beginning of the series as they unexpectedly but fully deservedly won the first game by 111-102.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets begins 16.04.2019 at 02:00 CET
Just two seasons ago the 76ers and Nets were two worst teams in the East and now are in the play-off and fights to reach the Conference’s semi-finals. Philly finished the season at the third place, and if we take a look at its results against the Nets we can see that each team won by two games, interestingly one at home and another away. Two games were resolved in last seconds and guests won them both – the 76ers thanks to Butler’s three-pointer 127-125, and the Nets with Dinwinddie’s best game in his career (39 points) 127-124.
There is no need to go into detail how Philly got here. Things were coming to their place for years and players understood their roles. It sounds incredible but even 26 players wore the 76ers jersey this season and many of them are not any more with Philly. The 76ers lost in the first round despite being favourites to win, and one of main reasons was very weak shooting for three points (3/25) and in general catastrophic effect in attack of Embiid, Simmons and Harris.
Probable lineups Philadelphia 76ers: Simmons, Redick, Butler, Harris, Embiid
When that seen how the Nets play this season the Lakers fans immediately become depressed as Boston’s former member Russell definitely plays at All-Star level. Russell is the leading player of the Nets’ young team and regardless what they do in the play-off the Nets have in a way already won. They finished the regular season with score 42-40 which is improvement for 14 victories compared to the previous season. Also, they have again qualified for the play-off for the first time after four years.
Russell averages this season 21.1 points and 7 assists, while Dinwiddie is the team’s second scorer with 16.9 points. If Le Vert didn’t get injured in days when he was true point-scoring machine (his average dropped down on 13.7 points afterwards) we are certain that their balance sheet would be better. The Nets showed this season that they have tactic for the 76ers and they often left Russell to guard taller Butler or that rookie Kurucs guards Simmons and Harris keeps an eye on Redic, and the tactic was successful.
Probable lineups Brooklyn Nets: Russell, Harris, Carroll, Kurucs, Allen
Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets PICK
First two games will be played in Philadelphia after which the series goes to Brooklyn. After the first game and Nets’ victory the 76ers must find solution for Russell (26 points in the first game) and LeVert (23 points), and besides it is hard to expect that Philly’s attack doesn’t function for two games in a row, which is why we forecast “return” of the 76ers in the game.
Pick: Philadelphia -7.5 points
Odds: 1.91 at 10bet (down to 1.83 can be played)
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