Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers (Game 2): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers, Game 2

Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

When: April 15th at 8:00 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

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

Don’t look now, but here come the Brooklyn Nets! Not only did they take Game 1 and home court advantage from the Philadelphia 76ers, the Nets showed how their talent can take advantage of the Sixers.

It was a full team showing for the Nets, as ten players featured for more than 12 minutes in the match each. Their depth and consistency was impressive.

Should the Nets take Game 2, they would be heading home to Brooklyn with the incredible chance at a sweep. The Sixers won’t stand down though, they will surely look to redeem their underwhelming Game 1 performance.

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 picked up their performance in the regular season after an unimpressive start. They’ll look to do the same in the post-season after dropping game one.

The Sixers failed to perform as a team. Where the Nets stood united to take on a dangerous threat, the Sixers faltered against a supposedly weaker opponent.

The Philadelphia 76ers are still one of the most talented teams in the NBA. But they need to come together and produce, in order to overcome their continued balance issues amongst the starting five.

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.

A game down, the Philadelphia 76ers need to wrest back home court advantage from the Nets with a win.

The Brooklyn Nets look to head back to New York with a firm hold on the series going into a two-game home stand.

Ed Davis Was the Star

Ed Davis posted 12 points, 16 rebounds, and owned a +28 plus/minus in his first postseason showing against the Philadelphia 76ers. While concern is around the behaviour of Amir Johnson and Joel Embiid on the bench, the true star at the five was Davis.

As Allen was saddled with some foul trouble early in the game, Davis stepped into the lineup with little issue. He was unfazed, troubled Embiid, and was entirely the crafty veteran defender he is. Even fellow NBA players took notice:

 

 

He will need that same energy when he takes on the Sixers in Game 2. Embiid’s knee issues are yet to subside, which opens up a lot of real estates for Davis to cause him problems.

Some Sixers Had Stage Fright

Anyone on the Sixers not named Jimmy Butler or Joel Embiid need to step up in this match. The Nets schemed around Simmons’ inability to shoot, but it wholly affected the Sixers lineup.

Simmons, Harris, and Redick combined for 18 points on 8-23 shooting, yikes. The shooting of Harris and Redick is dependent on Simmons’ penetration, but he hasn’t been assertive. Perhaps it is because Jarrett Allen and Ed Davis patrol the paint, but the Sixers need more movement to overcome that.

Expect these players to rebound in their next effort against the Nets. While shooting can always come and go, effort in other areas is always welcome. But if their performance maintains, the Nets look primed to exploit them.

The Nets Were Mature Beyond Their Years

The Brooklyn Nets showed that they are a team to take seriously in the NBA Playoffs. Despite their overall inexperience, they played efficiently and handled the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.

The Nets shot 43% from the field, 42% from three, and made 24-26 free-throws. They were encouraged by their bench who, of the five players that featured, were a positive +/- overall during their time on the court.

If the starting lineup can come in and maintain even half that effort, the Nets will be in good shape going forward. A full team effort will be needed against the newly alert Sixers.

Joel Embiid’s Knee Is A Problem

Philadelphia 76ers fans are accustomed to Embiid playing injured. In fact, he’s yet to have a fully healthy season. It stems from his career history and it affected him in Game 1 of this series.

Frankly speaking, Joel Embiid was effective in his time against the Brooklyn Nets. Embiid posted a solid 22 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks against stout defender Jarrett Allen. It was rather inefficient though, as he settled for perimeter jumpers and shot 5-15 from the floor.

Expect Embiid to be on the injury report to start the next match, as his 24 minutes in the first game was a telling sign. If his minutes restriction continues, the Sixers could be in big trouble.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

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

F James Ennis – 12 Apr 2019 – Out (Right Quad Contusion) – The 76ers announced that Ennis is recovering from a right quad contusion and will be re-evaluated on Monday (Apr. 15).

X-Factors: Caris LeVert (BKN) vs Tobias Harris (PHI)

Two dynamic wing players enter our eyes as the key matchup to watch when the Nets and the Sixers face off in Game 2. LeVert put on a show in his first game while Harris has to put in a lot of work to rebound from his last performance.

Caris LeVert

Small Forward | 6-7, 204lb (201cm, 92kg) | Michigan | Exp. 2 Years

13.7 PPG | 3.9 APG | 3.8 RPG | 3.9 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 1.7 TOV | .429 FG% | .312 3P%

Last Game: 23 PTS | 4 REB | 0.444 FG% | 1.00 3P%

LeVert entered the game and didn’t take his foot off of the gas pedal. He abused the Sixers in the paint and from the perimeter.

LeVert has come a long way from his early-season injury. While he has always been a capable scorer, his assertiveness at the rim was shocking unmatched by the Sixers defense.

He is not as accurate of a three-point shooter as his 3-3 performance last match suggests. However, if LeVert can maintain his efficiency attacking the rim, the three will only open up for him further.

Tobias Harris

Power Forward/Small Forward | 6-9, 235lb (206cm, 106kg) | Tennessee | Exp. 7 Years

20.0 PPG | 2.8 APG | 7.9 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 1.8 TOV | .487 FG% | .397 3P%

Last Game: 4 PTS | 6 REB | 6 AST | 0.286 FG% | .000 3P%

The Philadelphia 76ers made a bold trade at the deadline to match the big moves made by the Bucks and the Raptors. Tobias Harris came into the team with a solid resume, but his post-season performance is key to determining his value.

It is an understatement to say that Harris underperformed. He was 2-7 from the field and failed to convert on a single three-pointer. Even more alarming, he failed to vary his offense shown by his zero free-throw attempts.

Harris needs to be more assertive for the Sixers. While his passiveness is part of the lingering balance issues of the Sixers, logging 40 minutes with such little impact is alarming.

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