Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 2 Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 17, 2023

NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers

The Nets hope to tie their first-round series at 1-1, whereas the 76ers would love nothing more than to claim a 2-0 lead when they meet in Philly for Game 2 on Monday night.

April 17, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Pointspread +10 -110
Moneyline +380
Over / Under o +211


Betting Action


Pointspread -10 -110
Moneyline -490
Over / Under u +211


Betting Action


It was the Nets-76ers series that got the weekend marathon of NBA playoffs rolling early Saturday afternoon. Host Philadelphia, the third seed in the Eastern Conference, vanquished the visitors 121-101, a scoreline that belied how close the game was at times.

Still, the final score appears to have influenced the NBA odds. There is even more chalk for Philly than before Game 1. Doc Rivers’ ensemble is pegged at -10 for tonight, with the total established at 213.5

Nets vs. 76ers NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

As an organization, Brooklyn hasn’t covered five of its last six playoff and play-in games. Granted, this year’s edition has virtually nothing to do with last year’s, but the stat still sticks out like a sore thumb. Going even further back, if we consider strictly real playoff games (sans play-in), the Nets haven’t won since Game 5 of their second-round series against the Bucs in 2021. They lost games 6 and 7, then got swept by Boston in the first round last year and have fallen in Game 1 this time.

As for the 76ers, whether they cover the spread or not in the postseason is a fairly simple equation. When they win outright they cover, otherwise they don’t. Don’t believe us? Check the stats going back to the first round of the 2021 playoffs. The last time opposite results occurred was in Game 1 of the first round versus Washington that spring. Including this past Saturday’s result, that’s a run of 24 games and counting. Will Philly win by 10 tonight?

Brooklyn Nets

Game 1 was a rare case of a coach not having to be too displeased with his squad despite losing by as many as 20 points. 121-101 doesn’t look great at first, but the story of the game was much more nuanced.

For one, Mikal Bridges shone brightly in defeat, scoring 30 points for his side, and regularly making slick buckets to keep Brooklyn competitive. He cooled off a bit in the second half, but there is no doubt he’s happy being the main source of offence on a club. What Brooklyn requires is for someone to join him in the fun. Nobody else was able to produce the same kind of output, although Cameron Johnson had a decent 18-point afternoon. Nic Claxton was surprisingly quiet. He averaged 12 points a game during the regular season yet only mustered five on 2-for-4 shooting in Game 1. His +/- was awful as well at -20. He needs to be more aggressive and clamp down on defence better.

Philadelphia 76ers

It felt like business as usual for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 at home. Most people believed they were the superior outfit and they went out and demonstrated why.

Philadelphia was one of the best defensive teams all season and when it mattered most in Game 1, they were so again. Philly forced no fewer than 20 turnovers from the Nets, which translated to a whopping 31 points. Not only does Brooklyn not have the offensive firepower they once did, but if the 76ers can cause them to lose the ball that many times, this could indeed be a short series. James Harden (23 points) vaguely looked like his old self, performing some step-back threes that rang of vintage beard. Tobias Harris’ 21 points eased the workload on Joel Embiid’s shoulders somewhat. The latter finished with “only” 26 points, not the eruption some fans might have hoped for, but when everyone steps up in the playoffs, good things happen.

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