TNT Game 1: Brooklyn Nets (33-33, 26-39-2 ATS) @ Philadelphia 76ers (40-24, 32-31-1 ATS)
Lines/News: The 76ers are 4.5-point favorites. The O/U is 233.5. This is the first game since the James Harden trade, which has turned the 76ers into a favorite to win the East. Ben Simmons (back) will not play for the Nets but will be on the bench and is expected to be jeered by the Philadelphia crowd.
Nets Trends: The Nets are 19-14-2 against the spread (ATS) on the road this season and 10-6-2 ATS as road underdogs this season. Versus the over this year, the Nets are 11-3 in their last 14 games
76ers Trends: The 76ers are 13-19 ATS at home this season and 10-14 ATS as home favorites this season. In their last eight games, the 76ers are 6-2 to the Over.
Player Trends: Nets Kyrie Irving (O/U 24.5 points) has 25+ points in nine of his 12 (75%) games when his team is the underdog this season (27.3 per gm). Against teams with winning records in his last nine games, he’s scored 25+ points in seven (77.78%, 27.0 per gm). He’s scored 25+ points in four of his last 14 (28.57%) games when he made at least 15 field goals in the last game (22.3 per gm).
76ers Joel Embiid (O/U 12.5 rebounds) has 13+ boards in one of his last five games when his team is the favorite (10.8 per gm) He’s had 13+ rebounds in one of his last six (16.67%) after a win. (10.7 per gm). At home, he’s had at last 13 rebounds in 12 of his 27 (44.44%, 11.8 per gm).
TNT Game 2: Golden State Warriors (44-22, 32-30-4 ATS) @ Denver Nuggets (40-26, 30-35-1 ATS)
Lines/News: The Warriors are 1.5-point favorites and the O/U is 226.5. In their previous meeting on March 7 in Denver, the Nuggets won 131-124. Draymond Green is out again for the Warriors, who are 15-14 in his absence.
Warriors Trends: The Warriors are 14-17-1 against the spread (ATS) on the road this season and 25-24-3 ATS as favorites. The Over is 10-1 in the last 11 Warriors games when their opponent has a home winning streak of two or more. (Denver has a three-game home winning streak.)
Nuggets Trends: The Nuggets are 2-3 ATS as home underdogs this season and 14-12 ATS as underdogs this season in all games. The Over is 13-3 in the last 16 Nuggets games when the Nuggets are playing at home.
Player Trends: Warriors Steph Curry (O/U 24.5 points) has scored 25+ points in 13 of his 26 games (50%) on the road this season (25.2 per gm). He’s 25+ in five of his last seven (71.43%) when his team is the favorite (26.0 per gm). In his last 10, he’s 25+ in six games (60%, 26.2 per gm).