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

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2019

Simmons' playoff woes from previous year continued in Game 1 as he only scored nine points on nine shots. Now the teams face off in a critical Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET. Sixers will not let that happen again and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.

The 76ers are trying to avoid falling behind 2-0 in a first-round series when they are the higher seed for the second time in team history.

The team that averaged 23 wins per year over the previous three seasons has been to hell and back in the National Basketball Association. Russell proved his All-Star self, leading the Nets with 26 points and four assists.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown says that the use of a cell phone is "completely unacceptable" and that "the club will deal with it".

"If you're going to boo, then stay on that side", he said.

"I understand it. They want to see us win". That's big progress for us. "Like I said before, earlier in the season, we just wouldn't have the composure to close a game like that out".

However, other than Jimmy Butler's solid performance since he was the only one to show up, the Sixers made it clear in Game 1 there are plenty of reasons to be concerned over this series with the Nets, and here are three that stand out the most after Saturday.

Embiid's health is a key storyline for the Sixers. He is listed as questionable right now for Game 2 due to his knee injury. It's like every missed shot, you get booed so you get the next one and it's kind of like, 'should I shoot it or should I not because I'm about to get booed?' I don't know.

Check out the daily offering of Best Bets from the WagerTalk Handicapping Team (we also suggest checking out the Pick Your Team Program). Just text WAGERTALK to 33222 and get a $10.00 coupon just for signing up! He went scoreless in Game 1 while journeyman point guard D.J. Augustin went for 25. The 76ers, however, were surprisingly topped by sixth-seeded Brooklyn, 111-102 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown.

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