On Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets will face off against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly in game 5 of their 1st round matchup. Brooklyn won the 1st game of the series but the 76ers have won 3 straight to but the Nets on the edge of elimination.
Nets Looking to Stick Around
In the last game, the Nets had a lead late but the 76ers scored the final 5 points of the game to secure the victory. The Nets were led by Caris LeVert who scored 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Deangelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each scored 21 points. Russell went 6 for 19 from the field and had 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Allen went 7 for 11 and led the team with 8 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting off the bench and Joe Harris had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The Nets are led by Deangelo Russell who is averaging 22.3 points a game to go with 4 rebounds and a team-high 3.8 assists each game. Caris LeVert is scoring 21.8 points a game and grabbing 5 rebounds per contest. Spencer Dinwiddie scores 17.5 a game and Jarrett Allen chips in 11.8 a game while leading the team in rebounding with 6.3 per game. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson rounds out the double-digit scores for Brooklyn with 10.7 a game. The Nets are averaging 114.3 points a game this season.
76ers Want Round Two
The 76ers were led by Joel Embiid who had a dominating performance. He scored 31 points on 12 of 22 shooting to go with a team-high 16 rebounds as well as 7 assists. Tobias Harris tallied 24 points on 10 of 20 shooting to go with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Ben Simmons scored 15 points to go with 8 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists. Jimmy Butler played just 24 minutes and scored 11 points before being ejected after an altercation with Jared Dudley.
Joel Embiid is the leader of this Philadelphia team and he leads the team in both points and rebounds with 25.3 and 13.7 per game, respectively. Tobias Harris has been a great pickup for the 76ers as he is averaging 19 points to go with 9.3 rebounds each game. Ben Simmons is scoring 18.3 points to go with a team-high 8 assists per game. Jimmy Butler is averaging 17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. JJ Redick is chipping in 14.3 a game and Boban Marjanovic adds 11.8 a game. The 76ers are scoring 122.5 points per game on the season.
The 76ers come in at -9. The Nets were full of hope after the big win to kick off the series but have had the life sucked out of them after losing both home games. The Nets are a very young team and appear to be a year or two away from being really good. The 76ers are loaded with superstar talent and have the personnel to make a deep run in these playoffs. I think the 76ers come out firing and get the crowd into it early while breaking the hope of Brooklyn. I see the 76ers taking this one by double digits. Take the 76ers -9.