Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets (Game 3) 04/18/19
The Thursday NBA Playoff schedule will tip-off with a matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets from Barclays Center.
The third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers bounced back in a major way in Game 2 with a 145-123 blowout victory over the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. The Sixers rode an NBA playoff record 51-point third quarter to tie the series at 1-all. Philly will look to carry their momentum at Barclays Center as the series shifts to Brooklyn on Thursday.
Not too many people had the Nets penciled in as a playoff pick prior to the season’s start, but they surpassed expectations this season and landed in the postseason for the first time in four years. The All-Star play of D’Angelo Russell had a lot to do with the Nets’ success this season, but they benefit from an all-around effort, as they also boast one of the most productive bench units in the entire league. Ultimately though, the question for the Nets will be if they have enough firepower to keep up with Philadelphia’s explosive first five.
The Sixers have turned things around quickly — very quickly. They just completed their second straight 50-win season, and are headed to the postseason for the second year in a row — not bad for a team that won just 10 games three seasons ago. General manager Elton Brand swung for the fences in acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris in separate blockbuster deals, and has assembled arguably the most formidable starting unit in the entire East. The main questions facing the Sixers as they enter the postseason are chemistry (that starting five has still only played 10 total games together as a unit), and depth.
Philadelphia’s talent vs. Brooklyn’s depth:
On paper, most would agree that the Sixers are the more talented team. However, the Sixers also have one of the league’s least productive benches, while the Nets are on the opposite end of that spectrum and have the second-best bench in the entire NBA in terms of points per game. The Game 3 will come down to if the Sixers’ top-tier talent can outweigh a more-balanced Brooklyn attack. Philadelphia 76ers win and cover ATS 119-110.
Recent NBA Trends
76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Nets are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 2 days rest.
Over is 11-4 in 76ers last 15 overall.
Under is 6-1 in Nets last 7 home games.
76ers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
ATS- Against The Spread
Betting against the spread is a good betting strategy when the point spread is low, or the bettor believes the team they are betting on can beat their opponent by at least the point spread advertised. If the bettor believes the team will win big, betting against the spread will result in a huge payout. An example of betting against the spread would be if a wager that the Boston Celtics (-7) would beat the Indiana Pacers (+7). That means the Celtics would have to win by more than 7 points for the individual to win his bet.