The Brooklyn Nets (1-1) will be at home in Barclays Center when they square off against the Philadelphia 76ers (1-1) in game three of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 227 points with Philadelphia opening as a 3-point favorite. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 18, 2019, and it can be seen on TNT.
Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview
These two teams combined to score 268 points in game two, which was well over the projected point total of 224. The 76ers won 145-123, covering as 8.5-point favorites. The 76ers played a perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 and a solid turnover percentage of 9.7. The Nets were 26.1 and 12.0, respectively, for those same stats. Simmons put up a triple-double in the victory, with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The aggressive Brooklyn offense might be getting to the free throw line a lot in this battle. The Nets rank sixth in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.212, while Philadelphia ranks 23rd in FTA rate allowed (0.207). Furthermore, the 76ers, who rank fifth in offensive rebounding percentage (24.8 percent), will try to exploit the Nets, who rank 24th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.1 percent).
Of Philadelphia’s 84 games, 43 have finished over the projected point total, while 42 of Brooklyn’s 84 games have finished under the projected point total. The 76ers have the better straight up (SU) record (52-32 vs. 43-41), but the Nets hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (46-38 vs. 39-45).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the 76ers, it’s been Boban Marjanovic, who has averaged 11 points, while the Nets have gotten great contributions from Caris LeVert (16 points,3.8 assists).
76ers vs. Nets Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Nets, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
The Nets rank fourth in fast break points allowed per game (11.7) while the 76ers rank 21st (14.6).
Philadelphia ranks 13th in points in the paint per game (49.6) while Brooklyn ranks 26th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.4).
Philadelphia ranks fourth in assists per game (26.9) while Brooklyn ranks 21st (23.7).
Philadelphia averages 15.4 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 22nd in the NBA. Brooklyn ranks 23rd in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.4).
Philadelphia is 17-24 ATS on the road with 21 unders and 20 overs.
Brooklyn is 20-21 ATS at home with 21 unders and 20 overs.
In games where they allow under 100 points, Philadelphia is 12-0 and Brooklyn is 13-1.
In games where they score more than 100 points, the 76ers are 52-25 and the Nets are 42-29.
The Nets rank fifth in three pointers attempted per game (36.0) while the 76ers rank 19th (30.0).
Philadelphia averages 14.3 second chance points per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Brooklyn ranks 26th in second chance points allowed per game (14.6).
The 76ers rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (43.4) while the Nets rank 24th (46.3).
The 76ers rank 18th in steals per game (7.4) while the Nets rank 26th (6.6).
Philadelphia ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.0) while Brooklyn ranks 21st (5.3).
Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Philadelphia is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 4.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Brooklyn has lost by an average of 0.2 points.
During their last five games, the 76ers have scored an average of 117.4 points per game (2.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.2 points per game (0.4 below their season average).