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Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Preview and Predictions 04-23-2019 in NBA


A painful home loss has the Brooklyn Nets on the brink of elimination but they're not ready to give in entering Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday at the Philadelphia 76ers. "We were right there," guard Spencer Dinwiddie told reporters after Saturday's 104-101 loss put the Sixers up 3-1. "We feel like we should've won. We weren't saying this was a learning experience when we won Game 1. So we can't fall back on that now. We need to try to pull off something incredible."

To do so, sixth-seeded Brooklyn will need to keep its emotions in check following a contest that saw multiple ejections after a scrum along the baseline. All-Star center Joel Embiid, whose flagrant foul on Nets big man Jarrett Allen touched off the pushing and shoving, led the way for No. 3 seed Philadelphia with 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots after sitting out Game 3 with a knee issue. "Look at the magnitude of what the numbers say," Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters after the contest. "He was dominant. He was dominant." Embiid has two flagrant fouls in the playoffs, two shy of earning himself a one-game suspension.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Philadelphia LINE: 76ers -8.5

ABOUT THE NETS: The backcourt duo of Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell combined for 46 points in Game 4 while Allen had his best game of the series with 21 points and eight boards, but the Nets are still trying to get 3-point specialist Joe Harris going. Harris missed all six of his long-range attempts in the Game 4 loss and is 0-for-12 in the three straight defeats after making 3-of-4 in the victory in Game 1. "Joe's the best 3-point shooter in the league, so we're going to have the utmost confidence in him to hit," Dinwiddie told reporters. "He's played, what, 75 games, 80 games this year and been the best 3-point shooter in the league. We're not going to give up on him now because of three playoffs games: That's not going to happen."



ABOUT THE 76ERS: Embiid missed 14 of the final 24 regular-season games, was limited to an average of 22.5 minutes through the first two games of the series and missed Game 3, so there is the chance that the team could choose to rest him Tuesday with a 3-1 series advantage. Guard Ben Simmons carried the team without Embiid in Game 3 with 31 points and nine assists, and forward Tobias Harris has been a force as the series has dragged on. After scoring four points in the Game 1 loss, Harris is averaging 24 points to go along with 9.7 rebounds in the three straight wins.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Nets PF Ed Davis (ankle) missed Game 4 and his status is uncertain for Tuesday.

2. Brooklyn SF Jared Dudley was fined $25,000 and Sixers SG Jimmy Butler was fined $15,000 for their roles in the altercation in Game 4. Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended a game without pay and fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room after Game 4.

3. LeVert is averaging 21.8 points in the series while making 11-of-23 3-pointers.

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

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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