Chalkeater Special: Sixers The Right NBA Pick Over Nets For Game 5

Monday, April 22, 2019 6:24 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019 6:24 PM UTC

The Philadelphia 76ers are big favorites on the NBA odds board for Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Brooklyn Nets. They’re still a bargain at this price.

<p style="text-align:right"><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Apr. 22: 26-29-1 ATS, 0-6 ML (minus-12.63 units), 36-23-1 Totals</em></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Brooklyn (1-3 SU and ATS) at Philadelphia (3-1 SU and ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">76ers ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3773925, "sportsbooksIds":[19,238,169,1602,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>You would have thought the Brooklyn Nets would have done better in their first-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers. At least we would have thought that here at the home office, and we would have been even more convinced after the Nets (+6.5 away) beat Philly 111-102 in Game 1. The Sixers have chemistry issues, a somewhat thin bench, and <a href="" target="_blank">a one-legged center in Joel Embiid</a>. The Nets are a young and quietly competent team on the rise. What could go wrong?<br /><br />Plenty. Philadelphia have come back to win three straight SU and ATS, including a pair of blowouts, putting a stranglehold on this series heading into <a href="" target="_blank">Tuesday’s Game 5</a> at home. The Sixers are 8-point favorites on the <a href="" target="_blank">NBA odds board</a> as we go to press, up from –7.5 at the open – and that’s still a bargain price, according to the hoop nerds at FiveThirtyEight. They’ve got Philly at –11 on their computers. Looks like we’ll be dining on chalk after all.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Bionic Elbow</strong></h2><p>Mind you, this series could easily be tied 2-2 SU and ATS. <a href="" target="_blank">Saturday’s Game 4 in Brooklyn</a> was a close one, with the Sixers (–3.5) coming from behind in the fourth quarter to win 112-108. Embiid (plus-4.1 BPM) was stellar, putting up 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting and leading all players at plus-18. And they still came close to blowing it.<br /><br />Props to Nets swingman Jared Dudley (plus-1.0 DBPM) for the work he’s done in this series, and all year for that matter. His defense off the bench was a big reason Brooklyn took Game 1, but then Dudley missed Game 2 with a sore right calf, and everything fell apart for the Nets. Dudley returned for Game 3, but was clearly not himself; Game 4, on the other hand, was another solid performance, as Dudley got the start and led the Nets at plus-12.<br /><br />&lt;blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"&gt;&lt;p lang="en" dir="ltr"&gt;.&lt;a href=""&gt;@jareddudley619&lt;/a&gt; if nothing else as a long time Nets fan this will be one of my favorite playoff moments! Thank u! &lt;a href=";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"&gt;#BrooklynGrit&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"&gt;#HeartofaLion&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"&gt;#WhatsUppp&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&amp;mdash; Jay (@Jay__Breezy21) &lt;a href=""&gt;April 22, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;</p><p>&lt;script async src="" charset="utf-8"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;<br /><br />Then he got tossed in the third quarter after getting into a scuffle with the Sixers, and once again, everything fell apart. Dudley was fined $25,000 for his actions, but he won’t be suspended for Game 5. That doesn’t help our cause much. However, center Ed Davis (plus-0.4 BPM) is considered questionable after missing Game 4 with a sprained ankle. This is a horrible development for Brooklyn – they need Davis’ defense to counter Embiid, who’s been throwing his weight (and his elbows) around in this series. The league has been very kind to Embiid thus far; their fan service gives us even more reason to put the Sixers in our <a href="" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, but to steal yet another catchphrase, where’s the sportsmanship?</p>
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