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Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Preview and Predictions 04-15-2019 in NBA

The Brooklyn Nets' guard play proved to be too much in Game 1 of their first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, who hope to avoid falling into a 2-0 series hole when the teams meet Monday night. Guards D'Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 67 points to lead the sixth-seeded Nets to a 111-102 victory in the best-of-seven series opener Saturday, seizing homecourt advantage away from the No. 3 seed.

"Earlier in the season, especially when we were struggling, we'd lose games like that," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters. "We'd get a lead and turn the ball over and take bad shots. Our maturity level - our collective maturity - has improved so much. We weren't rattled. You're afraid with this crowd and the team they have that they're going to knock you out of the box quick. We took a couple of punches, took a couple of runs and still kept our composure. That's big progress." The 76ers saw Jimmy Butler score 36 points and Joel Embiid add 22 and 15 rebounds in his return from a knee issue but they were 3-of-25 from beyond the arc and heard plenty of boos in a game they trailed by as many as 16. "If you're going to boo, then stay on that side," guard Ben Simmons snapped at the fans after he was held to nine points while making 1-of-5 free throws. "That's how I feel, if you're a Sixer fan and you're going to boo then stay on that side." Game 3 is Thursday in Brooklyn.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, YES (Brooklyn), NBCS Philadelphia LINE: 76ers -8

ABOUT THE NETS: LeVert paced a 59-point attack for the Brooklyn bench in Game 1 by hitting all three of his 3-pointers in 23 very productive minutes, putting forth a memorable playoff debut roughly two months into his return from a dislocated foot. "Any time you go through adversity like that it definitely makes the reward much sweeter," LeVert told the media. Forward Ed Davis chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds off the bench while starter Joe Harris contributed 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.



ABOUT THE 76ERS: Embiid notched his double-double in just 24 minutes but he was clearly rusty, missing all five of his 3-point tries and making 5-of-15 shots overall while trying to keep up with Davis. "I'll point exclusively to fatigue," coach Brett Brown told reporters of Embiid's issues. "It's a lot easier running 3-point line to 3-point line than it is rim to rim. ... We tried to play him in five-minute clumps and maximize that, but even that got the better of him from a pace standpoint." Butler's best scoring output since Dec. 7 kept Philadelphia in Game 1, while forward Tobias Harris was limited to four points -- more than 14 below his average -- in his first postseason game since 2016.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Russell scored at least 20 points in 12 of his last 13 games.

2. Sixers SG JJ Redick hit 1-of-4 3-pointers Saturday after making 19-of-40 in his first four games this month.

3. Brooklyn made 24-of-26 free throws in Game 1. Philadelphia was 29-of-42.

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Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Capacity: 20,328

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Jonah Bolden

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Bolden is hampered by left knee soreness and has an uncertain status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Nets.

  • Joel Embiid

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Embiid is dealing with left knee soreness but is likely he will take part in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Nets.

  • JJ Redick

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Redick is experiencing tightness in his back and also has a left quadriceps contusion. It is expected that he will play against the Nets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round.

  • Jonah Bolden

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bolden is nursing left knee soreness and it is unclear if he will suit up in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Nets.

  • Jimmy Butler

    Back
    Prob Sat | probable

    Butler is saddled with lower-back tightness but is expected to suit up against the Nets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round.

  • Jimmy Butler

    Back
    Prob Tues | probable

    Butler has sat out the last two games with tightness in his back but is projected to suit up for Tuesday's contest against the Heat.

  • Furkan Korkmaz

    Knee
    Prob Tues | probable

    Korkmaz had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee but is expected to return to the court against the Heat on Tuesday.

  • Jonah Bolden

    Knee
    Prob Tues | probable

    Bolden is hobbled by a sore left knee but is projected to face the Heat on Tuesday.

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Brooklyn Nets

  • Ed Davis

    Ankle
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Davis has soreness in his right ankle and it is unclear if he will be available for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first round against the 76ers.

  • Jared Dudley

    Calf
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Dudley is bothered by right calf tightness but is likely to be available for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round against the 76ers.

  • Ed Davis

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Davis suffered a sprained right ankle but is likely to be ready for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round against the 76ers.

  • Joe Harris

    Foot
    Prob Sat | probable

    Harris is dealing with right foot soreness but it is likely he will play against the 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round.

  • DeMarre Carroll

    Wrist
    Prob Sat | probable

    Carroll has a right wrist sprain but it is expected that he will be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round against the 76ers.

  • Allen Crabbe

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Crabbe underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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philadelphia-76ers Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Joel Embiid 64 64 1761 234 42 1199 580 649 522 263 79 160
JJ Redick 76 63 1372 206 34 1027 452 255 228 605 240 20
Ben Simmons 79 79 1337 609 29 960 540 428 257 6 0 172
Dario Saric 68 28 714 101 23 564 256 120 105 253 97 105
T.J. McConnell 76 3 483 258 18 419 220 37 29 42 14 28
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Joel Embiid 64 64 711 122 46 226 211 10
Ben Simmons 79 79 525 61 112 274 209 5
Dario Saric 68 28 266 6 41 72 143 2
JJ Redick 76 63 166 17 32 101 129 3
T.J. McConnell 76 3 146 17 79 91 105 2

brooklyn-nets Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
D'Angelo Russell 81 81 1712 563 44 1517 659 205 160 635 234 53
Spencer Dinwiddie 68 4 1143 311 39 828 366 356 287 370 124 26
Joe Harris 76 76 1041 181 27 748 374 133 110 386 183 52
Jarrett Allen 80 80 873 110 24 568 335 278 197 45 6 191
DeMarre Carroll 67 8 744 85 22 575 227 242 184 310 106 68
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Jarrett Allen 80 80 481 120 43 103 184 3
Ed Davis 81 1 478 33 35 64 226 2
DeMarre Carroll 67 8 281 10 31 73 114 2
D'Angelo Russell 81 81 262 20 100 253 141 5
Joe Harris 76 76 239 17 38 121 182 0