The Brooklyn Nets look to follow up their strong performance in Game 1 while the Philadelphia 76ers try to bounce back and even the series on Monday night.
Monday, April 15 at 8:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Nets Ran 76ers off the Court
The Nets don't have a lot of playoff experience but they made up for it fast in Game 1 against the 76ers last Saturday, systematically taking them apart in a convincing 111-102 win to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.
D'Angelo Russell got off to a slow start, he missed his first six shots and was just 2-for-11 from the field in the first half but the rest of the team seemed ready for the moment and kept the Nets surging until Russell caught fire in the second half with 19 of his team-high 26 points.
Bench play made a big difference as the Brooklyn reserves outscored the Philadelphia bench 59-26, led by Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Ed Davis. LeVert had 23 points, Dinwiddie finished with 18 points and Davis also had a monster game with 12 points and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Brooklyn's defensive effort was terrific, they held Philadelphia to just 40.7 percent shooting (35-for-86), including 3-of-25 (12.0 percent) from 3-point range.
The Nets shot 43.2 percent from the field (38-for-88), were a hot 11-for-26 (42.3 percent) from beyond the arc and helped their cause at the free-throw line by going 24-for-26 (92.3 percent), offsetting a 42-26 edge for the 76ers in attempts, as Philadelphia made just 29 of those 42 free-throws (69.0 percent).
Jimmy Butler dropped a playoff career-high 36 points and nine rebounds and Joel Embiid was productive with 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, though he was just 5-for-15 from the field but Ben Simmons (nine points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Tobias Harris (four points) no-showed and JJ Redick struggled on offense with just five points on 1-for-4 from 3-point range and was a liability on defense.
Simmons, Harris and Redick combined for 18 points on 8-for-23 shooting and the 76ers won't get back in this series unless these three players have a much better performance in Game 2.
The Brooklyn Nets are:
7-1 ATS in their last eight road games
13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning home record
8-2 ATS in their last 10 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
15-7 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning straight up record
The Philadelphia 76ers are:
3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents
1-4 ATS in their last five games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
1-5 ATS in their last six games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
1-5 ATS in their last six games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
The Nets beat the 76ers twice in the regular season, with Joel Embiid fully healthy and effective and they shook off some early jitters in Game 1 to get a comfortable win. Embiid is obviously limited physically and the Nets, already with home court advantage on their side, will put up a fight again in Game 2.
NBA Pick: Nets +8 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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