Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers

D'Angelo Russell led his Brooklyn Nets into the NBA Playoffs, but they won't get a break as they take on the incredibly dangerous Philadelphia 76ers and their star center Joel Embiid. Catch it live on Saturday, April 13th at 2:30 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The broadcast is available on ESPN.

How to Watch

What: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers

Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

When: Saturday, April 13th at 2:30 PM EST

How (TV): ESPN

Brooklyn Nets (Away)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 90-156 | BKN}

Season Record: 42-40, 6th in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) D'Angelo Russell - (G) Joe Harris - (F) Demarre Carroll - (F) Rodions Kurucs - (C) Jarrett Allen

The Brooklyn Nets were expected to improve as a team this season, but they certainly exceeded expectations with their performance this year. Their 42-40 mark is the best they've had since 2013-2014.

The Nets had one of the toughest schedules in the NBA to close out the season. They were fortunate to finish 5-5 in their last ten games.

They face off against a Philadelphia 76ers side that is strong at every position. They are talented on the inside and out, but struggle when they have to rely on their bench. The Nets more even reserve unit will be key to their success.

Philadelphia 76ers (Home)

Head Coach: Brett Brown {All-Time 178-314 | PHI}

Season Record: 51-31, 3rd in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ben Simmons - (G) JJ Redick - (F) Tobias Harris - (F) Jimmy Butler - (C) Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers were expected to be great this season but they weren't without their struggles. As time passed and the Sixers didn't improve, they made big trade after big trade to bolster their season.

The Sixers had an injury-plagued, road-heavy schedule to close out the season. While they went 4-6 in their last ten matches, the Sixers had enough of a lead in the table for it to not compromise their positioning.

The Brooklyn Nets are a young and eager team that the Sixers should be concerned with. While the Sixers are dominant with their starting line, the Nets depth and style of play should be a concern for the Sixers.

What's At Stake?

The Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have met a number of times over the year. In 196 regular season games, the Sixers lead the Nets 113-83.

These teams have met twice before in the NBA Playoffs, in '79 and '94 when the Nets were located in New Jersey. The all-time playoff series is tied, 1-1.

Both teams will want to get off to a good start by taking game one in the series.

Russell's Year Is Just Beginning

It wasn't long ago that D'Angelo Russell was ousted from Los Angeles due to a shocking incident between him and teammate Nick Young. You could almost forget that immediately, due to the career year Russell is having.

Only 23 this year, Russell is the second-youngest All-Star in Nets history. He is also the only player in the Eastern conference to average 20+ points and 7+ assists this year.

He is one of the Nets' most dangerous weapons. He has hit 234 threes this year, while shooting 37.4% from three. He may not be a force in the paint, but Russell can get hot with the best of them.

Ben Simmons Can Control This Series

Ben Simmons has always maintained a particularly unique skillset in the NBA. His size and vision are an unmatched pairing in the league, which is likely to take advantage of the young Nets.

With skilled shooters JJ Redick and Tobias Harris on his side, Simmons is able to kick the ball out to skilled players should he not have the correct options available at the rim.

There isn't a match defensively that the Nets can throw onto Simmons. They don't have a Kawhi Leonard or a Giannis Antetokounmpo, so Simmons is sure to exploit the Nets one-on-one.

The Nets Live and Die by the Three

The Brooklyn Nets play an incredibly modern offence. Almost forsaking the paint and certainly the mid-range. The Brooklyn Nets are a force from the three-point line, with a wealth of options available to them.

The Brooklyn Nets have three players that shoot above the league average: D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, and Joe Harris. Four more that shoot over 33%: Shabazz Napier, Spencer Dinwiddie, Demarre Carroll, and Jared Dudley.

The Nets are fifth in the NBA in both three-point attempts and three-point field-goals made. They are not excellent in the half court, but their offensive output alone is something to worry about for the Sixers.

The Sixers Need To Get To the Line

Against a team that puts forward the type of pace that the Brooklyn Nets do, the Philadelphia 76ers can mitigate that game by getting to the free-throw line. With so many talented individual scorers, they are unlikely to have a problem doing so.

If the regular season is any indication of how they will fare getting to the line, the Sixers were second in the NBA in free-throw attempts and free-throws made.

When the Sixers are playing a running game to suit Simmons, they get to the line less due to the increased pace of the game. But in the half court, punishing a young opponent by getting them into foul trouble can throw off their entire game plan.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

F Demarre Carroll - 9 Apr 2019 - Out (Wrist) - Carroll is listed as OUT for Wednesday's (Apr. 10) game.

G Joe Harris - 9 Apr 2019 - Day To Day (Foot) - Harris is listed as questionable for Wednesday's (Apr. 10) game.

G-F Allen Crabbe - 4 Apr 2019 - Out (Knee) - Crabbe will have arthroscopic surgery to repair his right knee, ending his regular season and potentially any playoff availability.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

C Jonah Bolden - 9 Apr 2019 - Day To Day (Knee) - Bolden left Tuesday's (Apr 9) game with left knee soreness and will not return.

F Mike Scott - 9 Apr 2019 - Out (Back) - Scott was listed as OUT for Tuesday's (Apr. 9) game.

F James Ennis - 4 Apr 2019 - Out (Right Quad Contusion) - Ennis will miss at least two weeks according to Derek Bodner of The Athletic.

C Joel Embiid - 8 Apr 2019 - Out (Knee) - Embiid was listed as OUT for Tuesday's (Apr. 9) game.

G JJ Redick - 8 Apr 2019 - Out (Back) - Redick was listed as OUT for Tuesday's (Apr. 9) game.

X-Factors: Jarrett Allen (BKN) vs Joel Embiid (PHI)

The big men in the middle are the points of concern for both teams when Jarrett Allen and Joel Embiid face off. Allen is more than a fantastic haircut, his defensive ability pairs with some fantastic finishing, making him one of the most dangerous bigs in the league. On the other end, Joel Embiid is coming off of an injury but is certainly ready to prove himself the star on this big stage.

Jarrett Allen

Center | 6-11, 237lb (211cm, 107kg) | Texas | Exp. 1 Years

10.9 PPG | 1.4 APG | 8.4 RPG | 0.5 SPG | 1.5 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .590 FG% | .133 3P%

Jarret Allen's length and size makes for a great matchup for the Sixers star center, Joel Embiid.

His foot speed and length are almost unmatched in the NBA, leading to a fantastic block and rebounding numbers.

Allen has also been a great finisher for the Nets, shooting 59% from the field and is second in the Eastern Conference in total blocks.

Joel Embiid

Center | 7-0, 250lb (213cm, 113kg) | Kansas/Cameroon | Exp. 2 Years

27.5 PPG | 3.7 APG | 13.6 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 1.9 BPG | 3.5 TOV | .484 FG% | .300 3P%

Joel Embiid didn't play in the last couple of games as he was recovering from a knee injury. He is expected to be fully healthy when he takes on the Brooklyn Nets.

If fully healthy, Embiid is an absolute load. His inside-outside game is unmatched for a center, which will force the Nets to send multiple defenders toward him.

The spacing for the Sixers has been off since the acquisition of Harris. However, with a slowed playoff pace and a more deliberate post attack via Embiid, the Sixers will be hard to stop.

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