The Nets are bringing postseason basketball back to New York City for the first time in four years. And they are banking on a playoff-starved sellout at Barclays Center to bring an electric atmosphere against the 76ers. Let’s take a look at the latest NBA odds while making some predictions.
76ers vs Nets 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Pick for Game 3
The Nets enter Game 3 of the first-round playoff series on Thursday following a split in Philadelphia. They are the hottest opening-round ticket in a decade, but can they protect home-court and ride that vibe to victory?
The Nets took some punches Monday in losing Game 2 in Philadelphia, from Joel Embiid’s flagrant 1 elbow to Allen’s face in the second quarter to the giving up 51 points in the third to tie an NBA playoff record. But their game plan was always coming back up the New Jersey Turnpike with a split.
Brooklyn Nets finished the regular season with a 42-40 record (45-37 against the spread) and were placed 6th in the East. In their last game, they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Sixers in Game 2 with a 123-145 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 21 ppg, adding 3 dimes per game. He is followed by Spencer Dinwiddie with 18.5 ppg, while Caris LeVert adds 18 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Philly Still Big Favorite
Philadelphia 76ers finished the regular season with a 51-31 record (38-44 against the spread) and were placed third in the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game, they won at home against the Nets in Game 2 with a 145-123 score, beating the odds.
They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 22.5 ppg, adding a team-high 12.5 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 21.5 ppg, 6.5 boards and 3.5 dimes per game.
In their six previous meetings so far this season both teams are tied 3-3 wins and they are 1-1 in Brooklyn. Nets have a 23-18 home record, while the Sixers are 20-21 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.4 ppg to Nets’ 112.4, while both teams are equal defensively, allowing 112.6 ppg each.
Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47.1% to 44.9%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 35.4%). They are better both in dimes made (26.9 to 23.7) and in boards grabbed (47.8 to 46.4), while both teams are equal in turnovers committed (14.4 each).
Brooklyn Springs Upset
Vegas odds give the Sixers a -3 spread for this game but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one. The Nets have not been lighting the league on fire by any means this season and on paper, the starting five is not even close to the talent level of the Sixers, but they flat out find a way to get it done, especially when they are at home. I like Brooklyn to figure it out and get the win.