When: April 15, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Watch Live: TNT
The Nets will be aiming for another slaughter of the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Centre tonight. The Game 1 saw the Brooklyn Nets outplay the 76ers in every department and will look to do that again.
Will the history repeat itself, or we will see the star-packed 76ers bounce back with an answer tonight?
Let us analyse the scenario for both teams ahead of the Game 2 clash tonight.
We follow a rule on our website and talk about the visiting side first. However, I am going to break this protocol and talk about the 76ers first because there is a lot of bashing to be done.
When your fans start booing you at your home court, there is something too wrong that must have happened. The 76ers attempted 25 3-pointers on the night and converted just 3 of them. Yea! You heard me right! That’s 12% from behind the three-point line.
All three, Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick and Tobias Harris, went cold in the game and scored a total of just 18 points on the night. They were playing with no urgency to win, and especially without the grittiness required in a playoff game.
Memes followed the Game:
Jimmy Butler scored 36 points, grabbed nine rebounds along with two steals and two blocks on the night. He was the best player for the 76ers on the court and will look to replicate the performance tonight.
Alongside Jimmy, Joel Embiid scored 22 points on the night but played only 24 minutes in the game. He has been listed questionable for tonight which might be a cause of concern for the 76ers.
The Sixers need a turnaround here, and with Embiid questionable, the other three players need to stand up this time.
The Nets have things sorted out well for them. They are not an “iso” team and rely heavily on teamwork. They have a deep lineup with bench putting up massive numbers.
The Trio of D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert had an exceptional game and just outscored Philly with a total of 67 points on the night.
I want to give a special mention to Ed Davis who saved the day coming off the bench. He finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds on the night.
Below is what coach Kenny Atkinson had to say about Ed:
“Game changer. Jarrett got in foul trouble and Ed was the key. He really gave us the physicality we needed, obviously the rebounding, did a great job on Embiid and Boban. He changed the game.”
The Nets look for another away victory tonight and take a good hold of the series. Let’s look at the predicted lineups now.
Predicted Starting Lineups:
76ers: Joel Embiid (Questionable), JJ Reddick, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
Nets: DeMarre Carroll, Rodions Kurucs, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris and D’Angelo Russell.
The 76ers had a horrible Game 1 but will be itching to bounce back. If Embiid misses this game, they will highly rely on Simmons, Reddick and Harris to do the scoring.
The Nets are confident and will be eying another win. However, I am taking a bet on the 76ers as I believe they are going to bounce back at home tonight.
76ers to beat Nets