Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
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Embiid to play for 76ers in Game 2 vs. Nets

Embiid to play for 76ers in Game 2 vs. Nets

The San Antonio Spurs found a way to neutralize Nikola Jokic and stole home court by winning in the Pepsi Center to open the series against the Denver Nuggets. The Nets had no trouble defeating the 76ers on their home floor in the series opener, and Game 2 Monday could be another tough task for Philadelphia.

The passionate fan base of Philadelphia let the 76ers know they weren't happy with their effort in Game 1 by raining down boos throughout the game.

It was quite the upset Saturday to ring in the first round of the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Warriors blocked 14 shots in Game 1, getting three each by Durant, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris, who was on an NBA Finals team led by LeBron James as a rookie, had seen the atmosphere, while picking up a handful of minutes.

While LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan may have put up the numbers, finishing with 18 and 15 points each, it was the Spurs' young backcourt of Derrick White and Bryn Forbes that won this game for them.

The Nuggets trailed for nearly the entire game but got the game to within a single point in the final seconds. That was their most all season and tied a franchise playoff high also done on April 27, 1989, at Utah in the first round. The Spurs are a good bet.

Players like Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris must step up if Embiid is going to be hampered. You can also wager on the correct score after Game 3, which is Nets 2-1 at -120, up 3-0 at +550 and Sixers 2-1 at +137. There is zero doubt he is our crown jewel and just with the phase and stage and how it's played out, to my best ability, this is how I see the world nowadays. The Magic's veteran point guard D.J. Augustin had the final say as he drained the go-ahead three pointer with 5.3 seconds left on the clock to give the Magic a 104-101 lead. I wouldn't want to be in a place where they didn't really care or only showed up when times are going well. This season, the Nets are 25-17 (59.5%) ATS the game after a straight-up win and 15-4 (78.9%) ATS the game after a straight-up win as an underdog. But they never gave up the lead. Embiid slogged his way through 24 forgettable minutes on his bum left knee.

COUSINS' NEXT CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins fouled out of his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, so the big man will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing playoff opener in which he had nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.

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