The Philadelphia 76ers head to Brooklyn for the third game of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. After a disappointing opener, the 76ers evened the series. Philadelphia was 51-31 during the regular season and 20-21 on the road, while the Nets were 42-40 overall and 23-18 at home.
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Brooklyn took the first game in Philadelphia by a 111-102 score. D’Angelo Russell
On Monday, the 76ers evened the series with a 145-123 win. The key to the game was a dominant second quarter in which the 76ers outscored the Nets, 51-23. Joel Embiid lead the 76ers with 23 points and ten rebounds, despite playing only 21 minutes. Ben Simmons added 12 assists. For the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 and had four assists in a losing effort.
Regular season statistical comparison
Both teams were in the middle of the pack in points per game allowed and near the bottom in turnovers. The 76ers had a large advantage (4th to 15th) in scoring offense and three point field goal efficiency (8th to 14th). The 76ers ranked 4th in rebounds per game, while the Nets were also strong in that department, at 7th in the league.
Regular sesaon individual stats
The 76ers were lead by Joel Embiid, who averaged 27.5 points, 13.6 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick each averaged around 18 points, while Ben Simmons contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game. Boban Marjanovic was very productive in just 14 minutes per game, averaging eight points. TJ McConnell, Mike Scott and James Ennis contributed nicely off the bench and should be a factor the rest of the playoffs.
D’Angelo Russell lead the Nets with a scoring average of 21.1 per game. Spencer Dinwiddie added nearly 17, while Caris LeVert and Joe Harris dropped nearly 14 and were potent from beyond the arc. DeMarre Carroll and Jarrett Allen completed a competent group that averaged in double digits scoring, while Ed Davis hauled in 8.6 rebounds per game, more than one every two minutes.
Brooklyn is at home and will bounce back from the blowout loss on Monday. They generally give the 76ers a good game, earning a season split. However, the 76ers in the end have the better overall talent. Focus can be an issue at times, as was seen in Game One. The best bet is for the 76ers to win and play the “over”.