Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA Playoffs game on TNT. The Sixers look to go 2-0 up in their first round match-up against the Brooklyn Nets. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
It was a dream scenario for the Sixers in Game 1 as they drained 21 threes in a lopsided 121-101 victory on Saturday. Starting off your postseason run with a victory is always encouraging, especially when you collect 32 assists as a team while doing so. Joel Embiid was double-teamed almost every single time he got the ball, but thankfully the likes of James Harden and Tobias Harris chipped in with 20+ point performances and now the 76ers look to take full control by going up 2-0.
They’re now 10 point favorites at home after beating the Nets for the 5th consecutive time this season. Adjustments will be made from both sides here, but with a 9-2 SU record in their last 11 home games vs Brooklyn, Philly fans have no reason to be worried here.
Mikal Bridges did most of the heavy lifting against the team that drafted him and traded him 15 minutes later back in 2018. He finished with 30 points helping the Nets stay close in the first 2 quarters, but ultimately he did not get enough help for them to pose a threat for the Sixers.
It’s not often you see a team shoot 55% from the field and 44% from three only to lose a playoff game by 20 points. But, when you commit 19 turnovers opponents are going to take advantage of that. Head coach Jacques Vaughn also mentioned the referees in his post game press conference, it will be interesting to see how the league reacts to that. The Nets have a 13% chance to win Game 2 according to ESPN Analytics.
Philadelphia thoroughly dominated Game 1 with Embiid scoring a very modest 26 points. If the Nets continue to double-team him every single possession they won’t get far in this series. I have Philly dominating Game 2 as well and going up 2-0.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions & Odds
I wasn’t at all impressed by the Sixers defense in the series opener, the only reason why they were able to hold the Nets to 101 points is the road team’s carelessness of the basketball. Game 2 has the potential to go over the total again, the Sixers were lights out in Game 1 from three point land and I don’t see that changing as the Nets have struggled containing teams from the perimeter ever since the revamped their team after the all-star break.
We should also expect a breakout performance from Embiid, the leading MVP candidate won’t settle for another sub 30 point performance. Brooklyn is just too thin for the Sixers on the inside. Mikal Bridges impressed me on Saturday, some people have doubts whether or not he can maintain that level of play, but I think he has to in order to keep the Nets somewhat competitive in this series. I’m counting on another big time performance from the Sixers on offense here, so let’s back the over.