Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers - NBA Picks and Best Bets

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers - NBA Picks and Best Bets

Embiid shook off another game-time decision to play through tendinitis in his left knee and delivered after a sluggish Game 1.

Russell got the first win of his playoff career and the last laugh, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and leading the Nets to one of the biggest wins since they moved to Brooklyn.

Game 3 is 8 p.m. Thursday in Brooklyn. Eastern tipoff. The game will be televised by TNT.

In the third, it was much of the same but with the Nets edging the 76ers out in the quarter and extending their lead out to 11 points, 93-82.

Game 2 may have ended on a happy note for Philadelphia, but not everything is as it seems when it comes to placing your Sixers bet in New Jersey. The 51 points were the most by any team in a playoff quarter in more than a half-century and tied the National Basketball Association single-quarter playoff record.

But since the series is evened up, is now the right time to bet the 76ers to win the battle with the Nets?

The most a Nets team had ever allowed in regulation was 125 to the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of their first-round series on April 18, 1985.

After that explosion, although the Nets tried to claw back, the Sixers kept their feet on the gas and kept it moving.

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Embiid has a chance to finish in the top five in the 2019 MVP race after averaging 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.

Embiid received a flagrant-1 foul for clocking Allen in the face with his left elbow while spinning in his direction. In the case of a Flagrant 2 foul, a player is automatically ejected if assessed. They need him to be a scorer, and considering he scores 20 per game, that was awful.

Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter, with the Sixers down 16 points in an eventual 111-102 loss.

The Nets were unable to take their first 2-0 playoff lead since sweeping the Knicks in the 2004 first round, largely because they had few answers for Embiid.

Brooklyn got off to a strong start against the heavily favored 76ers and didn't look back.

Turnovers and rebounding killed the Nets on Monday.

Embiid checked out with 7:02 remaining in the third and the Nets made a small dent, getting within 89-74 on a layup by Dinwiddie with 5:57 remaining. Philadelphia shot 56.1 percent from the field, including nine of 23 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 49-32 margin.

Tobias Harris, limited to four points in Game 1, scored 19 and JJ Redick, who had five points in the opener, added 17. Allen finished with six rebounds and four assists. About the only Nets starter to play well was All-Star D'Angelo Russell, who had 26 points. Embiid, who missed 14 of the team's final 24 games, looked hampered by his injury.

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