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Preview: Nets (42-40) at 76ers (51-31)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Date: April 15, 2019 8:00 PM EDT
  

Back in the postseason for the first time since 2015, the Brooklyn Nets defended well, produced plenty of offense and flustered the Philadelphia 76ers at times in Game 1.

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On Monday night in Philadelphia, the sixth-seeded Nets look to follow up a strong performance while the third-seeded Sixers hope to bounce back and level the Eastern Conference first-round series.

A Nets win would mark the first time they went up 2-0 in a series since sweeping the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2004 postseason.

The 76ers are trying to avoid falling behind 2-0 in a first-round series when they are the higher seed for the second time in team history.

Both teams are in this position after what unfolded in Brooklyn's 111-102 win on Saturday afternoon.

D'Angelo Russell started slowly by missing 12 of his first 15 shots but led the Nets with 26 points. Caris LeVert helped the Nets outscore Philadelphia's reserves by a 59-26 margin by adding 23 points.

"We weren't rattled," said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. "You're afraid with this crowd, and the team they have, that they're going to knock you out of the box quick. I thought that we kind of took a couple of punches from them, took a couple of runs and still kept our composure. That's big progress for us. Like I said before, earlier in the season, we just wouldn't have the composure to close a game like that out."

While Philadelphia got 36 points from Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid scored a quiet 22 by missing 10 of 15 shots. Not helping matters for Philadelphia was its other three starters -- Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick -- were non-factors, combining for 18 points on 8 of 23 shooting.

Embiid's health is a key storyline for the Sixers.

Because of the lingering left knee tendinitis that kept Embiid out of 14 of the final 24 regular-season games, it was unknown if he would play before the opening tip-off. Then when the Nets used Jared Dudley at center, Embiid became frustrated at the physicality and picked up a technical foul in the first quarter.

"We've got to -- I think, we've got to be extremely physical," Embiid said. "Hopefully, I'll feel better and gain a couple more of my athletic abilities so I can be down on the block, but that's got to start just be physical starting with me. Jimmy did a great job today attacking. We couldn't back him up so Monday we've got to do a better job."

Depth turned out to be a significant difference in Game 1.

Four Brooklyn reserves played at least 20 minutes, which helped when starting center Jarrett Allen picked up two early fouls and was limited to 9 1/2 minutes. The 76ers played one reserve for more than 20 minutes.

"We're trying to find participants outside of Joel, who we really weren't sure was going to play. It didn't happen tonight," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. "We have to get better and find a way to change some things to win."

--Field Level Media

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nets at 76ers
Sat, Apr 13 Final 111 to 102
 Recaps
GAME 2
Nets at 76ers
Mon, Apr 15 Final 123 to 145
 Recaps
GAME 3
76ers at Nets
Thu, Apr 18 - 8:00PM EDT
GAME 4
76ers at Nets
Sat, Apr 20 - 3:00PM EDT

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 NJN  +350   +8.5   224.5 
 PHI  -450   -8.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 NJN  +320   +8.5   224.5 
 PHI  -400   -8.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 NJN  16%   58%   50% 
 PHI  84%   42%   50% 
Betting Trends by BetOnline.ag
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 13, 2019  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN « 111 Cover: 16.5 
 PHI 102 Under: 213 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 28, 2019  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN 110 Over: 233 
 PHI « 123 Cover: 6 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Dec 12, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN « 127 Cover: 9 
 PHI 124 Over: 251 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 25, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI « 127 Over: 252 
 NJN 125 Cover: 2.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 4, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 97 Under: 219 
 NJN « 122 Cover: 29 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 3, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN 95 Under: 216 
 PHI « 121 Cover: 17.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 16, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 NJN 116 Cover: 4.5 
 PHI « 120 Over: 236 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 11, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI « 120 Cover: 17.5 
 NJN 97 Under: 217 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Jan 31, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 108 Over: 224 
 NJN « 116 Cover: 16 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Oct 11, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI « 133 Cover: 26 
 NJN 114 Over: 247 
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 NBA PREVIEWS
 Monday, Apr 15
 
  •  Nets at 76ers
8:10 PM EDT
  •  Clippers at Warriors
10:45 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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