After predicting an easy series, James Harden led the 76ers to a 1-0 series win over the Nets with 23 points, and 13 assists. The 76ers host the Nets for Game 2 of their seven game series in the Eastern Conference first round. The game is expected to tip-off at 07:30 PM ET, Monday, April 17th, 2023.
There 76ers are a heavy 10-point favorite coming into this game, something the Nets have been accustomed to this season.
In Game 1, the 76ers responded perfectly to the Nets’ constant double-teaming of MVP candidate Joel Embiid. The Sixers made 21 three-point shots, setting a franchise playoff record and securing a 121-101 win. Nets forward Mikal Bridges scored a game-high 30 points, but the Sixers’ balanced team effort, with five players in double figures, proved too much for the Nets.
Embiid produced a team-best 26 points, while shooting an efficient 11-for-11 from the free throw line, and was happy to keep passing out of the double-team. The Nets will make adjustments for Game 2, but they need to make smarter decisions and rebound better to have a chance at equalizing. Multiple efforts are needed to stop Embiid, and the Nets must limit the Sixers’ second-chance points. Game 2 takes place on Monday night, and the Nets will be looking to avoid their sixth consecutive playoff loss to the Sixers.
ODDS AND PREDICTIONS
Despite coming into the season with championship aspirations with star players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets have been left with a crew of above-average role players trying to find their groove after both Durant and Irving left. Although they managed to keep the game close against the star-driven 76ers in their previous encounter, the Nets were ultimately outmatched, resulting in a 20-point gap.
In the upcoming Game 2, it is anticipated that Brooklyn will play hard and keep it close early on, but ultimately, it will be another blowout dominated by Embiid. While he struggled with the Nets’ physicality in the previous game, Embiid will likely be able to impose his will early and often this time. Despite coming in as 10-point favorites, it is expected that the 76ers will cover the spread and blow out the Nets again.
Therefore, it is recommended to take Philly. But remember, it’s important to keep in mind that sports betting always involves a degree of risk, and there’s no guarantee that Embiid will carry his MVP caliber form into this game, nor that the Nets wont rebound after a heavy loss. As always, it’s essential to do your research and make an informed decision based on the available data.
Spread: 76ers -10
Moneyline: 76ers -520, Nets +400
Pick: 76ers -10
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