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2019 NBA Playoffs – Round 1
(2-1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets (1-2)
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 3:00PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -135| Nets +115
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -2
NBA Betting Total: 233
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Philadelphia’s high powered offense was on full display once again Thursday night, scoring 135 points away from home despite Joel Embiid being ruled out with a knee injury 15 minutes before tip-off.
The boos rained down from the rafters every time Ben Simmons touched the ball, but that didn’t stop him from dropping 31 points on an incredible 11-13 from the field. Simmons was surprisingly efficient from the foul line as well, with 9 makes in 11 tries from the stripe. Brooklyn has a big problem on their hands if they continue to let him in the paint, as his ability to finish around the rim is almost as deadly as his passing ability with the defense out of position.
Tobias Harris had himself a monster game and has gotten better as the series has gone on. After scoring a mere 4 points in the first game, he bounced back on Tuesday with a 19 point performance before dropping 29 in game 3. He seemed to be a forgotten man out there, as he was hitting open shot after open shot and never slowed down after making his first four 3 pointers of the contest.
JJ Redick was feeling it from downtown in this one, as he finished with 26 points including 5 made 3 pointers. Redick was hitting some incredibly difficult shots off of screens as well as creating for himself.
His pump fake was lethal, as Joe Harris was seen flying by Redick on several occasions as if he were on ice skates. Brooklyn is going to have to figure out a way to deal with Redick on the pick and roll if they want to slow down this high powered offense.
I’m sure he will be another game-time decision and after these past two games, Philly will feel no need to rush star center Joel Embiid back into the lineup for game 4.
However, a big part of their success on the offensive end came on the offensive boards as well as their scoring in the paint, and I felt Brooklyn started doing a better job of handling Philly’s big men in the 2nd half. We could see Brooklyn lower Philly’s scoring totals if Embiid is forced to miss another game.
The Nets were outplayed on their home floor last Thursday night and were completely out coached as well.
Kenny Atkinson struggled to make adjustments as he saw his team playing from behind for almost the entirety of the night. One puzzling move was to sit guard Caris Levert (who was having a brilliant game) up until the 5:30 minute mark of the 3rd quarter.
The Nets could have used Levert to start the half, as his 19 first-half points helped the Nets cut the lead to 6 heading into half-time.
D’Angelo Russell was nowhere to be found in the first half, missing a handful of mid-range shots to start the contest. One thing that stood out to me during the game was his lack of minutes toward the end of the quarters. It seemed Russell would find himself on the bench for the last 4-5 minutes or so of every quarter, watching Philly extend leads in the 1st and 3rd quarter.
Thursday was a game to forget for starting small forward Joe Harris, who was run ragged off of screens and looked like a revolving door when finding himself in one on one matchups. JJ Redick had a field day with Harris covering him, making him bite on multiple pump fakes before getting whatever look he wanted out there.
Despite his complete ineptitude on the defensive end, Harris still logged the 2nd most minutes of any player on the team with 29. Things were not much better on the offensive end either, as he went 2-7 from the field and 0-4 from 3 point range.
Not something you want to see out of your reigning 3 point champion.
One player on this team who deserves a ton of credit is lone veteran Jared Dudley, who did an excellent job of boxing out Boban and Greg Monroe when he was called on to guard them.
He used his leverage to keep them out of the paint several times and boxed out when shots went up to prevent offensive rebound and tip out’s.
Hopefully Ed Davis and Jared Allen were watching and taking notes, because their inability to secure rebounds and keep those two from creating 2nd chance opportunities was pathetic, to say the least.
Although the Nets looked like garbage on Tuesday and Thursday, I believe they cut down on the mental mistakes and make a collective effort to crash the defensive boards.
I think they pull this one with the chance to even the series on their home floor.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-3 in PHI last 12 games as a favorite.
- PHI are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sat. games.
- Under is 6-2 in BK last 8 home games.
- Over is 7-3 in BK last 10 games as an underdog.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction: Brooklyn Wins and Covers the 2
The Nets have played poorly these past two games, but the Nets seemed to get in their own way a little too much last game for me to believe that this series is over.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Nets +2
Expect the Nets to correct their mistakes and win outright.
NBA Free Game 4 Score Prediction: Brooklyn 118- 76ers- 113
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