A pair of Atlantic Division teams clash in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the City of Brotherly Love. The sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they take on the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of their best of seven series Monday night. Brooklyn took the opening game of the series, winning 111-102 on the road Saturday afternoon. The 76ers own a 113-83 advantage in the all-time regular-season series but the teams split four meetings this season. This marks the third playoff series between the franchises: each team has won one with each team recording four playoff victories. The Nets, then in New Jersey, won the last playoff series, taking the first-round matchup three games to two in the 1984 playoffs.
Brooklyn Nets Seeking 2-0 Series Lead
Brooklyn didn’t appear fazed by playing on the road in a hostile environment against the 76ers as they came up with the victory in the opener. The Nets now will look to make it two straight road wins to open the series. Brooklyn won their fourth straight factoring in the end of the regular season as they found ways to flummox the 76ers on the offensive end of the floor. The Nets closed the opening quarter on a 12-0 run to take a nine-point edge. Brooklyn led the rest of the way as Philadelphia got no closer than two the rest of the way. The Nets didn’t let the 76ers draw any closer than nine in the fourth quarter as they controlled the game.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 14, 2019
The Nets shot 43.2 percent from the field in the contest while draining 11 of 26 from three-point range. Brooklyn cashed in 24 of their 26 free throw attempts while forcing 13 Philadelphia turnovers. D’Angelo Russell led the Nets in the victory with 26 points. Caris LeVert came off the bench to contribute 23 points in 23 minutes while Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 18 and Ed Davis put up 12 points plus 16 boards. All told, the Nets’ bench group outscored Philadelphia’s reserves by a 59-26 margin. Brooklyn set a franchise playoff record for bench points in the victory. The question will be if Kenny Atkinson’s group can maintain that momentum in this contest. Davis and Jared Dudley are both questionable for this one while Allen Crabbe remains out after a procedure on his knee earlier this month.
Philadelphia 76ers Trying to Even Series After Disappointing Showing
Philadelphia looked disinterested for stretches of the opening game of the series and it ended up costing them as Brooklyn took care of business. The 76ers now have to regroup and show that Game 1 was the deviation from the norm for the team. Philadelphia has dropped five of their last seven games dating back to the end of the regular season and has to regroup to avoid further disdain from the fan base. The 76ers were down nine after the opening quarter and by eight at the half. Philadelphia cut the lead to two early in the third quarter before giving up an 8-2 run to trail by eight: they didn’t get closer than three the rest of the way.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 14, 2019
The 76ers struggled shooting the ball as they hit only 40.7 percent from the field, including a miserable three of 25 from three-point range, in the loss. Philadelphia also had problems at the free throw line, cashing in 29 of 42 attempts to negate a 50-45 edge on the glass. Jimmy Butler led the 76ers with a playoff career-high 36 points plus nine rebounds but there wasn’t a ton of help for him. Joel Embiid, who was doubtful for Game 1 with knee soreness, finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five blocks but shot five of 15 from the floor. Boban Marjanovic was the only other player in double figures with 13 off the bench. The 76ers are going to have to get production from Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons and JJ Redick, their other three starters. That trio combined to shoot eight of 23 from the floor for a total of 18 points in the loss.
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game