They play Monday night in Philadelphia.
In their five previous meetings in the regular season the Nets lead the Sixers 3-2 wins and were 2-1 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers were heavy favorites going into Saturday afternoon's game, but they never really seemed to find a rhythm on offense or defense. 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. The Nets will keep on fighting, and if they don't win, they will lose by less than eight. "They show us a lot of love", Embiid said. They had contributions from almost everyone who played and had a great mixture of scoring from the starting lineup and bench. The unsafe trio of D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert combined to shoot 24 of 57 (42 percent).
Depth turned out to be a significant difference in Game 1. They finished with 15 assists as a team compared to the 20 of Philadelphia.
Embiid is being listed as questionable once again. The refs sure tried to help Philly as it attempted 42 free throws. The 76ers as a team made just 3 of their 25 three point attempts. However, they were 11-of-26 from the arc. All in all it was a terrible performance and the 76ers were never really in the game. Jimmy Butler's career high 36 points weren't enough as the Nets rolled past the 76ers 111-102. Fortunately for Philly, the playoffs aren't single elimination, so they'll get another chance tonight to get it right.
Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown.
Jimmy Butler played great the first game.
UPDATE: Joel Embiid WILL be available.
However, one of the most important players on Brooklyn's bench was power forward and center Ed Davis, a veteran journeyman who continues to churn out productive outings for his fifth National Basketball Association team.
DJ Augustin, who I called one of the more underrated point guards in our series preview matchup breakdown, came through with 25 big points in the win for the Magic and also hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the game.
The 76ers have fined Amir Johnson for conduct detrimental to the team for cell phone usage on bench during Game 1 against Brooklyn. It is unlikely Joel Embiid will improve his stamina that quickly.