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Nets at 76ers - Game 2

The pressure is already on the Philadelphia 76ers after just one game of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets took Game 1 of the series by a score of 111-102 and there are indications that the 76ers are in trouble. Joe Embiid played in Game 1, but he has tendinitis in his left knee and didn’t look like the superstar the 76ers need, and then there was the cell phone issue with Amir Johnson. Let’s look at Game 2 that can be seen on TNT and NBA picks.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Date and Time: Monday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Game 2 Odds at BetDSI: 76ers -8, O/U 226
Nets vs. 76ers TV Coverage: TNT

The Nets were not expected to challenge the 76ers in this series, but Brooklyn made all of the plays in Game 1 and D’Angelo Russell had 26 points to lead the way. The Nets also harassed Embiid throughout the game and if the 76ers don’t get great play out of Embiid they are in trouble.

Embiid was actually a game-time decision with his tendinitis but he did play and he has 22 points and 15 rebounds. The problem for the 76ers is that when Embiid was in the game, and it was only for 24 minutes, they were outscored by 17 points. Embiid couldn’t make a shot from the outside and the Nets just continue to let him shoot from distance and miss. The 76ers did get 36 points from Jimmy Butler, but it wasn’t enough.

Butler went so far as to suggest that the team sit Embiid until he gets healthy. "I love Jo for going out there and competing," Butler said to the media, "Don't get me wrong, the game is definitely different when he's out there -- he's a force to be reckoned with, we all know that. We all want him to be smart. I think that we're capable of winning [without him]. I think it's a lot easier when he's on the floor, don't get me wrong, but I think health is the biggest thing."

The 76ers shot 3-for-25 from 3-point range in Game 1, so if they are to win Game 2 and even this series they will have to shoot better from distance. Simmons can’t shoot from the outside and Harris and Redick didn’t shoot well on Saturday.

Brooklyn was a good team ATS on the road during the regular season, as they went 25-16 ATS, with 21 games going over and 20 going under. Brooklyn averages about 112 points per game and gives up about 112 per contest.

Philadelphia was 21-20 ATS at home this season, with 22 games going over and 19 going under. They are averaging 115 points per game and giving up about 112 per contest.

Key Stats

The Nets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia. The Nets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Nets are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Nets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Atlantic. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Looking at the total, the Under is 4-1 in the Nets last 5 overall. The Under is 6-2 in the Nets last 8 vs. the Atlantic. The Over is 5-1 in the 76ers last 6 home games. The Over is 11-4 in the 76ers last 15 overall.

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Will the 76ers bounce back with a big effort in Game 2 or will they struggle again? A big part of the problem for Philadelphia is that they simply haven’t been shooting well from distance. That may not change in this game and Brooklyn has been a really good team on the road against the number this season. We’ll take the points at BetDSI and go with the Nets in this contest.

Nets vs. 76ers ATS Pick: Nets +8
Nets vs. 76ers Score Prediction: 76ers 115, Nets 111

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