Nets vs 76ers Prediction - NBA Picks 4/15/23

Philadelphia 76ers (54-28) vs Brooklyn Nets (45-37)

Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Brooklyn Nets pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Brooklyn Nets are coming into this series with plenty of momentum as they won six of their last nine games of the regular season to finish with the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Mikal Bridges comes in as the team's leading scorer with averages of 26.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, Cam Johnson averaged 16.6 points per game, Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 16.5 points per game while Nic Claxton averaged 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. As a team, the Nets 113.4 points per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from the 3-point line. 
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers finished the regular season with five wins in their last seven games overall to earn the third seed in the Eastern Conference standings. Joel Embiid led the way with averages of 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, James Harden averaged 21.0 points and 10.7 assists per game while Tyrese Maxey averaged 20.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. As a team, the 76ers averaged 115.2 points per game, while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from the 3-point line. 
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a double-digit loss at home. The 76ers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on three or more days' rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Quarterfinals games. 
Head to head, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Philadelphia. 
The Nets are coming into this series at full health except for Ben Simmons who is still out, while the 76ers are keeping an eye on Georges Niang for this one. The Nets are coming into this one quietly confident, but the truth is that they got swept 4-0 by the 76ers in the regular season series and one of those losses was a complete blowout. The 76ers are heavily favored in Game 1 and I like them to draw first blood in this one, but the Nets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and I think they're getting enough free points with this line.

Peter’s Pick Brooklyn +8.5

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