Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Pick - Game 2

April 15, 2:30 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Philadelphia -8

The Philadelphia 76ers (51-32) will lock horns with the Brooklyn Nets (43-40) at the Wells Fargo Center for Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 PM and televised nationally on TNT. In Game One, the Nets staged an upset as they went on to defeat the 76ers 111-102 despite closing as a 6.5-point underdog.

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Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers Overview

Brooklyn Nets

The storyline surrounding the Nets in Game One was their guard play. The trio of D’Angelo Russell, Chris LaVert, and Spencer Dinwiddie combining for 67 points to take the early series lead. The bench picked up the rest as their 48 to 31.7 average bench points per game edge paved the way for Brooklyn to snag the victory in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia 76ers

A lot of things went wrong for the Sixers in Game One. First, they were without All-Star Joel Embiid who is a 27.5-point per game scorer. Secondly, the 76ers were outshot most notably from three-point range. The Nets hit 42.3% of their three-point field goals while the 76ers hit just 12%. This discrepancy in itself provided the difference between the two sides.

Reasons To Avoid Brooklyn

With all things considered, the Nets had to be on fire from three-point range while the Sixers had to be ice-cold from the same range for them to win by just nine points. With all things considered, Brooklyn should have won by a larger margin. Nevertheless, 65% of the general consensus like the Nets in this spot as a reaction to what transpired in Game One. When the public takes to a dog that means the favorite is probably set up to be undervalued. With respect to this, Philly is laying more points comparatively which suggests the market is reluctant to believe that the Nets Game One win had any verity.

Reasons To Back Philadelphia

The Sixers were able to play their physical game that they usually do against most opponents. Philly outmuscled the Nets on the boards by a margin of 50 total rebounds to 45 total rebounds, and they were also a beast in the paint. Philadelphia scored 54 points in the paint to Brooklyn's 46. Should Philly's three-point operations resume, as usual, we can expect the Sixers to cruise here. The Sixers are eighth in the league in three-point shooting (35.9%) and fourth in the NBA in three-point defense (34.2%).

Nets at 76ers Prediction 04/15/2019

Targeting overreactions is what we are all about. Fading zig-zags is another strategy that we champion. For those that fancy Philadelphia in this spot, takers can rejoice that they are on the right side of both these equations. The Sixers respond with fury and level the series with style. Lay the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Philadelphia -8