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Philadelphia 76ers Will Push the Pace if Embiid Is out vs. Brooklyn Nets

The Philadelphia 76ers look to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 PM ET

Barclays Center

Coverage: TNT

Joel Embiid is officially listed as questionable for Game 4 because of left knee soreness, the same status he had ahead of the first three games of this series. The 76ers have a 2-1 lead in the series and with the early start for Game 4 and the way the team responded without him, it would be wise to rest Embiid today.

The Nets are a young team that has many players making their first appearance in the playoffs and they just couldn't take advantage of Embiid's absence. Poor 3-point shooting doomed them in Game 3 and they won't win today if they go 8-for-39 (20.5 percent) from downtown again.

Joe Harris led the NBA shooting 47.4 percent from beyond the arc in the regular season but he's just 3-for-10 (30.0 percent) from 3-point range in this series, including 0-for-6 in the last two games.

Harris is averaging just 8.3 points per game in this series and the Nets need him to be aggressive and shoot more. He averaged 14.0 points on 55.6 shooting from beyond the arc in four regular season games against the 76ers and he has to replicate that production in the rest of this series.

NBA Trends:

The Over is:

6-1 in Philadelphia's last seven games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game

8-2 in Philadelphia's last 10 games following a straight up win

6-2 in Brooklyn's last eight games following a double-digit loss at home

15-5 in Brooklyn's last 20 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600

5-1 in the last six meetings

The 76ers got 31 points on 11 of 13 shooting with nine assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 38 minutes from Ben Simmons in their 131-115 win in Game 3 and Tobias Harris (29 points, 16 rebounds, 6-for-6 from 3-point range) and JJ Redick (26 points, 5-for-9 from 3-point range) combined to go 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) from downtown.

Joel Embiid being out let the 76ers push the pace on Thursday and another 'Over' could be the play if he sits out this game.

NBA Pick: Over 231 (-110) at Jazz Sports if Embiid doesn't play

Check odds here: http://bit.ly/jazzonaff

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