During the regular season, Philadelphia was 20-21 on the road, while Brooklyn was 23-18 at home. The Sixers were 1-1 in Brooklyn. On Nov. 4, the Nets cruised to a 122-97 victory. Philly had a whopping 28 turnovers, leading to 39 Brooklyn points. The Nets blew it open with a 41-point third quarter. D’Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 21 points each.
On Nov. 25, the 76ers won 127-125 at Barclays Center. Jimmy Butler made a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left and finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds in arguably his best game as a Sixer. Joel Embiid had 32 points and 12 rebounds to help lead his team back from a 20-point deficit. Russell had 38 points and Spencer Dinwiddie 31 for Brooklyn.
NBA Playoffs Point Spread and Betting Analysis
With this series tied, the 76ers are -333 on the updated Sports Interaction series line with the Nets at +250. The favoured series exact score is Philadelphia in seven games at +225. The long shot at +1300 is Brooklyn in five.
The 76ers are 2-4 ATS in the past five meetings.
The 76ers players said they weren’t overly concerned after their Game 1 loss. Philadelphia led Game 2 by just a point at halftime but blew it open with a 51-point third quarter to win easily 145-123. That tied the most by any team in a postseason quarter; the 1962 Los Angeles Lakers did it against the Detroit Pistons. It was only the third time a team scored at least 50 in a playoff quarter.
Philadelphia was 18-for-25 from the field in the quarter and didn’t miss any of its 11 free throws. Embiid isn’t close to 100 percent healthy with a sore knee and again was a game-time call but had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons a triple-double of 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their past seven road games, however.
The Nets can at least take solace they stole Game 1 and played well for a half of Game 2. They were outscored 21-2 to open the third quarter on Monday and that was that. They had just one starter reach double-figure points in Game 2: Russell with 16 on 6-for-16 shooting.
Ed Davis, so effective in Game 1 off the bench, played just six minutes partly due to foul trouble. Joe Harris, one of the NBA’s better three-point shooters, also disappeared in Game 2 with four points in 26 minutes. Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 19 off the bench. The Nets are 16-5 ATS in their past 21 games on two days of rest.