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Nets-Sixers Game 1 Betting Preview: Philly in Trouble with Embiid Doubtful?


Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Joel Embiid

Game 1 Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers

  • Spread: 76ers -5.5
  • Over/Under: 230.5
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN

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In the first game of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers will likely have to go to battle without their MVP candidate, Joel Embiid. How does his absence affect today’s betting market? Our analysts dive in.

Injury News

Joel Embiid (knee) is doubtful. Jonah Bolden (knee) is questionable. James Ennis (quad) remains out. A note on Embiid from the FantasyLabs news feed:

Embiid was unable to practice Friday and said earlier that he had “no idea” of his playing status. He has been dealing with pain in his left knee since the All-Star game, a pain he said has been getting worse recently. It’ll ultimately be his call on whether or not he plays. His status will be based on how his body responds between Friday and game time.

Ben Simmons (+2.1) and Tobias Harris (+2.4) have sizable differentials in their DraftKings points per 36 minutes in games Embiid has missed this season. Bolden and Boban Marjanovic are the leading candidates to start at center if Embiid indeed sits out.

Betting Trend to Know

No. 3 seeds are 75-82-4 (47.8%) ATS in the first series of the playoffs since 2005. They have really struggled against division opponents, going 15-25-2 (37.5%) ATS. The 76ers went 1-3 ATS against their divisional rival Nets this year. — John Ewing

Notable Playoffs Betting System

The Nets are in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Some bettors may be hesitant to wager on Brooklyn as a road team without postseason experience, but our data shows home-court advantage and playoff experience are overrated. Since 2005, it has been profitable to bet on road teams that didn’t reach the postseason the year before in the first round. — John Ewing

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