Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 4 Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 21, 2023

NBA: Playoffs-Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets

Saturday afternoon will be no time for the Brooklyn Nets to take it easy. Should they, their season will come to an end in a first-round sweep for the second year running.

April 22, 2023, 1:00 PM ET
Barclays Center
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -142
Over / Under o +210.5


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Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +118
Over / Under u +210.5


Betting Action


Brooklyn put up as much of a fight as it could Thursday in Game 3 on its home court. It was a back-and-forth affair and, with only a couple of minutes left, they had a genuine opportunity to get back into the series.  Philly made superb and critical plays in the dying moments to win 102-97.

The NBA odds indicate the Philly will complete the sweep. They sit as -5.5 favourites.

76ers vs. Nets NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

Philadelphia has been here before. A year ago they entered Game 4 of their first-round series with the Toronto Raptors looking to seal the deal. They faltered twice in a row, once quite badly at home in Game 5, before finally doing away with the Raps in Game 6. Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid, and James Harden all remember this. They know what they have to do here.

Brooklyn faced a similar scenario in last year’s Round 1 encounter with Boston, albeit with different players and members of the coaching staff. If only for a sense of pride, avoiding a sweep would give the fans something to appreciate. That bunch has been through a roller coaster of emotions for the better part of three seasons. Not winning a single playoff game in eight tries in back-to-back years would be the cherry on top of a terrible sundae. Brooklyn had a glorious opportunity to cut the series deficit to 2-1 but awful mistakes with only minutes remaining did them no favours.

Philadelphia 76ers

The intensity certainly kicked up a notch in Game 3. Entering enemy territory against a wounded animal – often the most dangerous kind – was never going to be easy and Brooklyn definitely gave Philly a run for its money.

Even under those circumstances, it was a chippy affair. Look no further than Harden’s ejection for a flagrant foul in the second half when driving with the ball (there was non-ejection for something Embiid did that looked worse). Much like we said in our Game 2 article, the 76ers have the kind of depth to get them out of jams when either their best players aren’t up to par, or in this case unavailable. In a reversal of the first two contests when Brooklyn came out fairly strong before allowing the home team to find its groove, it was the 76ers who set the tone. Tyrese Maxey had his second consecutive strong outing (25 points) and De’Anthony Melton produced his most important game of the series so far with 13 points off the bench and three steals. Embiid was not so much a factor on offence (14 points) but he corralled 14 boards and had two blocks. The second was a brilliant, potentially iconic one that preserved a precious two-point lead with eight seconds left.

Brooklyn Nets

They tried; they really did. This time it was Brooklyn who had to muster a second half push to put the contest’s result in doubt. Brooklyn’s third quarter was their best basketball of the series so far, as they won it 35-18.

But they don’t have players that Philadelphia does and those that wear Nets jerseys, while solid basketballers, don’t look capable of stepping up to the plate against this sort of opposition. Even when things look to be going their way, something bad happens. We talked about how mediocre Nic Claxton was in the first two bouts. Game 3 was a vastly superior performance. He went 8-for-9 from the field, tallied 18 points and four rebounds and got in Embiid’s face as much as possible. In fact, he was in 76er faces so much that the referee ejected him in the third quarter. Mikal Bridges resembled his Game 1 self (26 points) but it wasn’t enough. Royce O’Neale had a fourth quarter to forget, producing two turnovers, the second one particularly brutal that made the final 102-97 official.

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