76ers vs Nets

76ers vs Nets: The Brooklyn Nets shocked the Philadelphia 76ers with a win in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Now, the Sixers look to even the score in Game 2, tipping off Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

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:Match Info:
Event: NBA Basketball
Team: 76ers vs Nets
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Game Time: 06:00 p.m. ET

As ever with the Sixers, the story is the health of center Joel Embiid. He came out of the All-Star break with a mysterious knee injury that caused him to miss eight games down the stretch,

now it appears he might not play in the opener against Brooklyn. That would be a tough blow to a team that is still working out its chemistry after making two in-season blockbuster trades, first for Jimmy Butler then for Tobias Harris.

The Brooklyn Nets shocked the Philadelphia 76ers with a win in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Now, the Sixers look to even the score in Game 2, tipping off Monday at 8 p.m. ET. D’Angelo Russell and the Nets’ backcourt were too much for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Embiid is expected to be more effective on Monday as his knee continues to come back from a knee injury. Sportsbooks list Philadelphia as an eight-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 226 in the latest Sixers vs. Nets odds. Before you make any 76ers vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered Week 26 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 292-234 record on all top-rated plays. Anybody who has followed it is way up.

Now it has locked in on Sixers vs. Nets. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it’s also generated a very strong against-the-spread pick that hits in nearly 70 percent of simulations. You can only see it at SportsLine.

A repeat performance seems unlikely after that wake-up call. The Sixers averaged 115.2 points, fourth-most in the NBA, yet managed just 102 against Brooklyn’s 18th-ranked defense. And Embiid, who has 21 straight double-doubles, should be healthier, but is questionable for Monday.