76ers vs Nets Odds, Prediction | NBA Playoffs Game 3 Pick
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- The Brooklyn Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers in a must-win game at Barclays Center.
- The Nets trail the Sixers 0-2 entering Game 3 and are home dogs to the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
- Jacob McKenna explains why he thinks the point spread (76ers -4.5) is off in his 76ers vs. Nets Game 3 betting preview.
76ers vs. Nets Odds
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The Philadelphia 76ers will make the short trip north to Brooklyn to take on the Nets in Game 3 of this seven-game series.
Philadelphia has dominated Brooklyn in almost every aspect through two contests and holds a comfortable 2-0 series lead. The 76ers are also a perfect 6-0 against the Nets this season.
Brooklyn has managed to string together some solid individual performances, but has ultimately come up short in a matchup where it is outsized. Will the Nets be able to flip the script when they return home, or will Philadelphia grab its third win of the series? Let’s take a look at the matchup and make a betting pick for 76ers vs Nets.
Game 1 couldn’t have gone any better for the 76ers. Philadelphia shot 47% from the floor, 49% from 3 and 100% from the free-throw line, leading to 121 points and an easy 20-point victory.
Things weren’t as easy in Game 2, but Philadelphia still came out on top.
The 76ers saw a major drop off in shooting efficiency in Game 2 as they shot just 45.0% from the floor and 31.4% from 3. That allowed Brooklyn to hang around for a bit. In fact, the Nets took a 49-44 lead into halftime.
However, the Philadelphia defense made up for any lack of offensive firepower. The 76ers posted a 92.3 Defensive Rating in Game 2, highlighted by holding the Nets to just 35 points in the second half on 35.1% shooting.
The 76ers are an elite team on both ends of the floor. Even when things aren’t clicking on one end, they have proven time and time again it can be made up for in other areas of the game.
The Brooklyn Nets don’t have much to hang their hats on through two games. Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson have each scored at least 28 points in one game this series to provide a small bright spot, but the rest of the Nets offense has fallen behind.
As a result, Brooklyn is averaging just 92.5 points through the first two games of this series. The shooting efficiency hasn’t been bad — 46% overall and 37% from behind the arc — but Brooklyn is falling behind because of other deficiencies.
It’s no secret that the Nets suffer a significant height disadvantage against Philadelphia. That has made Brooklyn vulnerable on the offensive glass and the Nets have a -17 offensive rebound differential through the first two games.
Those offensive rebounds have led to 37 second-chance points for Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Brooklyn has only managed three second-chance points.
The struggles on the glass are nothing new for Brooklyn, as evidenced by allowing the third-most offensive rebounds per game (11.5). That has proven to be the difference in many games this season, and it might be what gives Brooklyn its third loss of the series.
The line for Game 2 closed at Philadelphia -9.5. At the time of writing, the line sits at Philadelphia -4.5, a 5-point swing simply because the stadium has changed.
Brooklyn hasn’t shown that it can compete with Philadelphia at any point this season and the significant disadvantage on the offensive glass puts the Nets in a tough spot moving forward.
I don’t believe a shift in venue is worth five points in this matchup. I would play Philadelphia to -5.5.
Pick: 76ers -4.5 | Play to -5.5
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