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NBA Tips & Betting Preview | Tuesday 18 April

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers (76ers 1-0)

The Nets are looking to bounce back after a disappointing performance in Game 1 of the series. In the 121-101 defeat, turnovers were the story as they committed 19 to 8 and they also got beat on the offensive boards 14-5. However, they did shoot 55% from the field as a team so if their defence can improve, they should give the 76ers a closer contest. Bridges was excellent for the Nets in his first playoff game for Brooklyn with 30 pts. There's always some extra motivation after he was drafted and traded by the 76ers.

The 76ers started their playoff journey in perfect fashion as they trashed the Nets by 20 pts in Game 1. Embiid, Harden and Harris all scored over 20 pts in the rout. Harden was excellent from beyond the arc with 7 threes and he'll continue to be motivated against his former side. As a team, the 76ers dominated the boards, only had 8 turnovers and they hit all 16 of their free throws. They're comfortable favourites to win Game 2 and their gameplan shouldn't change on Tuesday.

There shouldn't be much of a change from the Game 1 result as the 76ers are a much better team, especially at home. They're now 4-1 ATS when they face the Nets and 9-2 against them in Philly. So take the 76ers to win this comfortably and look for a sweep in Brooklyn.

Stadium Record

Philadelphia are 4-1 in their last 5 at home. Brooklyn has lost 9 of their last 11 in Philly.

Head to Head Record

The 76ers beat the Nets in Game 1, 121-101. They're also 7-3 in the last 10.

Best Bet

Philadelphia 76ers -9.5 = $1.85

Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings (Kings 1-0)

The Warriors road struggles continue into the playoffs as they lost 126-123 against the Kings on Sunday. But they'll be confident of bouncing back considering they did hold a lead for most of the game. Steph Curry finished with 30 pts and 6 threes. Klay Thompson also hit 5 threes and finished with 21 pts. It was also good to see Wiggins back in the lineup after missing the last few months. He played 28 minutes off the bench and had 4 blocks with 17 pts.

The Kings rallied to beat the Warriors in Game 1 of this series and it was their first playoff victory in 17 years. So they'll look to ride that momentum into Game 2. Fox was impressive in the second half as he finished with 38 pts and outplayed Steph Curry. He hit 4 threes and shot 13 of 27 field goals. Malik Monk was also excellent as he scored 32 pts off the bench. With Sabonis struggling in Game 1 as he shot just 5 of 17, the Kings still have a lot of improvement if Sabonis can return to form. But he did dominate the boards with 16 rebounds.

The market is expecting the Warriors to bounce back but a high-scoring affair looks like the safer bet. The Kings play at a fast pace and the Over has saluted in 10 of their last 15 home games. Game 1 of this series easily went over with 249 pts and Game 2 should be a similar type of game.

Stadium Record

Sacramento are 3-3 in their last 6 on their home court. Golden State has won 14 of their last 19 at this venue.

Head to Head Record

The Kings upset the Warriors in Game 1 of this series but the Warriors are 8-2 in the last 10.

Best Bet

Over 237.5 = $1.73

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