Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets (Game 4): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

When: Saturday, April 20th at 3 pm EST.

How (TV): TNT

Philadelphia 76ers (Away)

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

Season Record: 51-31

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ben Simmons – (G) J.J. Redick – (F) Jimmy Butler – (F) Tobias Harris – (C) Greg Monroe

Top Performers

  • F Jimmy Butler – 18.2 PPG | 5.3 RPG | 3.7 APG
  • G J.J. Redick – 18.1 PPG | .397 3P% | .894 FT%
  • G Ben Simmons – 16.9 PPG | 8.8 RPG | 7.7 APG

Despite Joel Embiid electing to sit out hours before tip-off, the Philadelphia 76ers were not fazed by the Barclays Center crowd, winning game three 131-115. All-Star point guard Ben Simmons led the scoring effort with 31 points while handing out nine assists. Mid-season acquisition, Tobias Harris added 29 points and 16 rebounds, while shooting a perfect six for six from beyond the arc.

With not much three-point shooting surrounding Simmons, Thursday’s performance was a welcome sight for coach Brett Brown, as Harris and J.J. Redick provided just enough firepower from deep to open up driving lanes for the young point guard. If the Sixers can get games like that from those outside shooters, they will be a tough out in the postseason.

Brooklyn Nets (Home)

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

Season Record: 42-40

Projected Starting Five: (G) D’Angelo Russell – (G) Joe Harris – (F) DeMarre Carroll – (F) Rodions Kurucs – (C) Jarrett Allen

Top Performers

  • G D’Angelo Russell – 21.1 PPG | 7.0 APG | .396 3P%
  • G Joe Harris – 13.7 PPG | .474 3P% | .827 FT%
  • C Jarrett Allen – 10.9 PPG | 8.4 RPG | 1.5 BPG

Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard, D’Angelo Russell had been dying to make his playoff home debut and send the Brooklyn faithful home happy. Despite his 26 points, Russell was unable to pull out the win for his squad.

Caris LeVert came off the bench to match Russell’s 26 point effort, while Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in with 15 points each.

The Nets struggled to get the looks they wanted on offense, as Philadelphia disrupted their passing lanes all game long. As a result, players like Russell and LeVert had to create opportunities for themselves, which led to only 30.8% of Brooklyn’s field goals being assisted.

What’s At Stake?

Although their recent playoff history is limited, the Philadelphia 76ers have won their last two first-round series when leading 2-1 after the first three games. A win on Saturday will give Philadelphia a 3-1 advantage that has only been blown 11 times in NBA playoff history.

Brooklyn will have to reverse a trend that has plagued the franchise for decades, as the Nets have won a playoff series where they lost game three just once since 1984. The Nets managed to pull that off in 2006 against the Indiana Pacers, before getting bounced by the eventual champion Miami Heat in the following round.

Boban Marjanovic Has a Place in This League

At 7-3 and 290 pounds, Boban Marjanovic could dominate the league if he jumps into a time machine that sends him to the mid-’90s. Alas, such technology is not yet available, forcing the giant Serbian to plod along against more athletic seven footers in today’s NBA.

Despite his athletic shortcomings, Marjanovic has managed to put up solid numbers so far in this series. Although he has only blocked one shot in each game, “Bobi” has used his massive frame to alter shots and intimidate Brooklyn’s slashers on their way to the rim. His plus 18 plus/minus performance in game three shows how his presence on the floor can alter momentum in a game.

Caris LeVert

Although he has been riddled with injuries dating back to his college days at Michigan, Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert has shown promise as a young talent. A former two-star recruit with only four Division I offers, LeVert’s road to the NBA has been a true underdog story.

A streaky three-point shooter, LeVert has turned in some solid performances against the Sixers in the regular season, with 20 and 18 point outings. His 26 point effort in game three could be the Ohio native’s coming out party and a possible sign of things to come in his future.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

F/C Joel Embiid – 18 Apr 2019 – Day to Day (Knee) – Embiid missed Thursday’s game against the Nets after making a game time decision to sit out. Embiid is questionable for game four.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

G 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.

C Ed Davis – 18 Apr 2019 – Out (Ankle) – Davis left Thursday’s game and has been ruled out for game four according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

X-Factors: Mike Scott (PHI) vs Spencer Dinwiddie (BKN)

With playing rotations tightening up come playoff time, it is critical for teams to make the most of the minutes that are allocated to their reserves. Having spark plugs off the bench can be the difference between advancing or getting sent home, as starters are bound to have down games.

Philadelphia’s Mike Scott has made a career of being a key reserve, while Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie transitioned to the bench with Russell’s emergence.

Mike Scott

Power Forward | 6-8 237lb (203cm, 107kg) | Virginia | Exp. 6 Years

5.8 PPG | 0.8 APG | 3.5 RPG | 0.3 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 0.6 TOV | .400 FG% | .401 3P%

Well known for getting under his opponents’ skin, Mike Scott has carved out a career of giving his team a boost off the bench. Although he doesn’t fill the box score in any one category, he has served as a valuable stretch four in his stops with Atlanta, Washington, the Clippers, and now Brooklyn.

Scott has had mild success against the Nets franchise during his career, hitting threes at a 32.4% clip while matching his career scoring an average of 7.1 points per game.

Spencer Dinwiddie

Point Guard | 6-6, 210lb (198cm, 95kg) | Colorado | Exp. 4 Years

16.8 PPG | 4.6 APG | 2.4 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 2.2 TOV | .442 FG% | .335 3P%

After suffering a career-threatening ACL injury in his last year of college at Colorado, there were questions whether Spencer Dinwiddie would amount to anything in the NBA. Fast forward to the present and Dinwiddie has answered all doubts, leading one of the top bench units in the league.

Last season’s Skills Contest winner has provided Brooklyn with an extra scoring punch as well as another ball handler, as he is often paired with Russell. The latter point is crucial when opponents start applying more pressure on the defense, as the Nets do not have to rely on one player to facilitate their half-court sets.

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