However, with the Philadelphia 76ers as their first-round opponent, the expectations fans had for them had to be low. Before the game, Atkinson spoke admiringly of Philadelphia's sports history and passion, going all the way back to the Broad Street Bullies Flyers teams of 45 years ago.
Brooklyn got off to a strong start against the heavily favored 76ers and didn't look back. Just text WAGERTALK to 33222 and get a $10.00 coupon just for signing up!
I think this series will be a dog fight, so I wouldn't bet this either way. They both became enraged again and official Ed Malloy immediately sent them both to the locker room. They were able to keep their offense flowing in the second, but the 76ers were able to get their offense moving as well, but not enough to close the gap. The Nets have covered seven of their past eight road games. Russell proved his All-Star self, leading the Nets with 26 points and four assists. The 76ers never really posed a threat in the fourth quarter, either.
If Chao is correct, Philadelphia has more to worry about with Embiid than just this postseason. "That's how I feel, if you're a Sixer fan and you're going to boo then stay on that side".
The good news for Philadelphia is with this being a seven-game series, there is plenty of time to turn things around since the best approach at the moment seems to be focusing on one game at a time, beginning on Monday night. Jimmy Butler stepped up with a playoff career-high 36 points but was about the only bright spot.
The 29-year-old put up 12 points, 16 rebounds and was a plus-28 in 25 minutes of play. C Jonah Bolden - who played just five minutes in Game 1 - is listed as probable with a knee injury. While Embiid did record a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, he struggled to find his shot (5-15 from the floor; 0-5 from three-point range).
Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown. It entered Week 26 of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season with a sterling 292-234 record on all top-rated plays, returning over $4,000 in profit to anybody following them.