The sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets look for a surprising 2-0 series lead on the No. 3 76ers when the teams meet in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series on Monday night in Philadelphia.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The opening day of the 2019 playoffs on Saturday was rife with upsets. The Raptors were 9.5-point home favourites and were stunned by the Orlando Magic. The Denver Nuggets were -5.5 and had the NBA’s best home regular-season record yet lost to San Antonio. And the Philadelphia 76ers were -7.5 but lost at home to the Brooklyn Nets, 111-102.
Still, Philly is a -208 favourite on the Sports Interaction series line entering Monday’s Game 2, with Brooklyn at +150. The favoured exact result is 76ers in seven games at +230. You can also wager on the correct score after Game 3, which is Nets 2-1 at -120, up 3-0 at +550 and Sixers 2-1 at +137.
Brooklyn has covered four of the past five against the 76ers and is 5-2 ATS in its past seven in Philadelphia.
In our Game 1 preview, in which we did have the Nets covering (but not winning), it was mentioned that the Nets did have the deeper team. That was very much on display in Game 1 as Ed Davis was sensational off the bench with 12 points, 16 rebounds, great defence on Sixers star Joel Embiid and a team-best rating of plus-28. Caris LeVert had 23 points in 23 minutes off the bench and Spencer Dinwiddie 18 points. About the only Nets starter to play well was All-Star D’Angelo Russell, who had 26 points. However, Davis is listed as questionable for Game 2 with an ankle injury. So is fellow reserve Jared Dudley with a calf injury. Expect both to play. The Nets have covered seven of their past eight road games.
Philadelphia may have the second-best starting five in the NBA behind Golden State, but the Sixers aren’t going very far if superstar centre Joel Embiid isn’t 100 per cent – and he’s clearly not right now as he battles through a knee injury. He started the opener with a brace but shed it because he said it made his calf and tibia sore. Embiid was a game-time call Saturday and shot just 5-for-15 from the field; Philly was outscored by 17 points with him on the court. Tobias Harris was a major bust with just four points, and Ben Simmons had only nine. Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot. The refs sure tried to help Philly as it attempted 42 free throws. Those were the franchise’s most in a playoff game since 2002. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their past seven at home.