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Nets at Sixers Preview

The Brooklyn Nets will visit the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs on Monday.

Brooklyn (1-0) stole home court advantage with a big win in Game 1 on Saturday. The Nets led for the final 38 minutes of regulation, thanks largely to a stifling defensive effort. Brooklyn held Philly (0-1) to just 40.7 percent shooting, including an abysmal 3-of-25 night from beyond the arc in Saturday’s tilt. On offense, the Nets relied heavily on D’Angelo Russell, who led the team with 26 points. Philadelphia had planned around Russell, throwing several double-teams his way early on, but Russell responded, scoring 17 of his points in the second half. The Nets also saw a gem from Caris LeVert, who poured in 23 points off the bench in Saturday’s win. The playoff series marks Brooklyn’s first postseason appearance since 2015, and the first playoff action for Russell, LeVert, and several other members of the team’s young core. Ed Davis is listed as questionable for Game 2 due to a sprained ankle. Davis recorded 12 points and 16 rebounds off the bench on Saturday. Needless to say, Game 1 did not go as planned for Philadelphia. The team heard it from the crowd, receiving a cacophony of boos and jeers from fans after falling behind early on. All-Star point guard Ben Simmons’ playoff woes seemed to carry over from last season, as he finished with just nine points and three assists. New Sixer Jimmy Butler, however, delivered a big night in his first playoff appearance with the squad. Butler led all scorers with 36 points, shooting 11-of-22 from the field. While the team’s three-point shooting fell short, perhaps the biggest issue was the health of star center Joel Embiid. Embiid played only 24 minutes in Game 1 due to knee soreness, and is considered a game-time decision for Game 2. The 76ers are also watching injuries to Jonah Bolden (knee) and James Ennis (quad), both of whom are considered game-time decisions.

Written by Oscar Heanue at 4/15 10:56 AM IST

Star Player:

Joel Embiid, PHI (22.5 credits): Embiid made a surprise start in Game 1 and is simply impossible to fade as your star player. It’s his upside that really makes him attractive, as he has at least 56 Dream11 points in six of his last nine games while scoring at least 72 fantasy points three times in that stretch. That sort of production simply can’t be matched, as Embiid is averaging 60 Dream11 points per game in that span. Not to mention, Brooklyn allows the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.  

Value Plays:

Mike Scott, PHI (5.5 credits): Scott played 32 minutes in the Game 1 loss and recent results would indicate that he’s becoming a much bigger part of this rotation. In fact, Scott is playing 26 minutes per game across his last 11 fixtures while averaging 15 Dream11 points per game in that span. That may not sound like anything special but it’s all you can ask for from a 5.5-credit player.  

D’Angelo Russell, BRK (18 credits): Russell is a must-use every time Brooklyn takes the floor. The reason for that is because he leads the team in shots taken, usage rate and total fantasy points, all by huge margins. That huge usage looks even better when you consider the fact that Russell is averaging 46 Dream11 points per game across his last 11 outings.  

Jared Dudley, BRK (5.5 credits): Using veterans for big minutes is a strange thing that coaches do in the playoffs and it appears the Nets are going to do that with Dudley here. In Game 1, Dudley played 28 minutes. That’s pretty much on par with what he’s been doing recently, averaging 22 Dream11 points per game across 26 minutes of action in his last three fixtures. That’s monster production from a player in this price range, as most of these guys in the 5.5-credit range don’t even get off the bench. 

Note: Dudley has been ruled out for this game. That means DeMarre Carroll and Rodions Kurucs should play extra minutes in his absence. Carroll makes for a nice pivot. 

RotoWire.com Optimal Lineup

RotoWire.com Projections

Joel Embiid, PHI – C

  • Credits: 22.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 53.04
  • Proj. Minutes: 32

D’Angelo Russell, BKN – PG

  • Credits: 18
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 34.55
  • Proj. Minutes: 29

Ben Simmons, PHI – PG

  • Credits: 17.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 45.68
  • Proj. Minutes: 36

Jimmy Butler, PHI – SF

  • Credits: 16.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 37.16
  • Proj. Minutes: 34

Tobias Harris, PHI – PF

  • Credits: 14.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 34.53
  • Proj. Minutes: 36

Caris LeVert, BKN – SF

  • Credits: 14.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 24.17
  • Proj. Minutes: 25

Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN – PG

  • Credits: 14
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 23.69
  • Proj. Minutes: 27

Jarrett Allen, BKN – C

  • Credits: 12.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 25.85
  • Proj. Minutes: 26

Joe Harris, BKN – SG

  • Credits: 11
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 18.48
  • Proj. Minutes: 28

Ed Davis, BKN – C

  • Credits: 10.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 16.19
  • Proj. Minutes: 17

J.J. Redick, PHI – SG

  • Credits: 10.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 23.58
  • Proj. Minutes: 33

DeMarre Carroll, BKN – SF

  • Credits: 10
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 18.44
  • Proj. Minutes: 25

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, BKN – PF

  • Credits: 9
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 15.62
  • Proj. Minutes: 15

Rodions Kurucs, BKN – PF

  • Credits: 8.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 14.05
  • Proj. Minutes: 17

Allen Crabbe, BKN – SG

  • Credits: 8
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Shabazz Napier, BKN – PG

  • Credits: 8
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 6.18
  • Proj. Minutes: 8

Boban Marjanovic, PHI – C

  • Credits: 8
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 17.70
  • Proj. Minutes: 13

T.J. McConnell, PHI – PG

  • Credits: 7
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 11.97
  • Proj. Minutes: 15

James Ennis, PHI – SF

  • Credits: 6.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 9.31
  • Proj. Minutes: 13

Jared Dudley, BKN – PF

  • Credits: 5.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 4.70
  • Proj. Minutes: 8

Treveon Graham, BKN – SF

  • Credits: 5.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 9.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 16

Mike Scott, PHI – PF

  • Credits: 5.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 10.04
  • Proj. Minutes: 17

Jonah Bolden, PHI – PF

  • Credits: 5.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 11.06
  • Proj. Minutes: 12

Greg Monroe, PHI – C

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jonathon Simmons, PHI – SF

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 3.67
  • Proj. Minutes: 5

Theo Pinson, BKN – SG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Alan Williams, BKN – PF

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Furkan Korkmaz, PHI – SG

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 6.23
  • Proj. Minutes: 13

Amir Johnson, PHI – C

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 5.67
  • Proj. Minutes: 6

Shake Milton, PHI – PG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Zhaire Smith, PHI – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Haywood Highsmith, PHI – SF

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Dzanan Musa, BKN – SG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Injuries:

Brooklyn Nets –

Allen Crabbe – OFS – Knee

4/5 4:52 AM IST – Crabbe underwent a right knee arthroscopy Thursday and will be out for the remainder of the season, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. An official timetable for a return to basketball action has not been established, but updates on Crabbe’s status will be issued as appropriate. He’ll finish the year having played just 43 games for the Nets, averaging 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 26.3 minutes.

Ed Davis – GTD – Ankle

4/15 2:53 AM IST – Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable for Game 2 of the Nets’ first-round matchup with the 76ers on Monday, Greg Logan of Newsday reports. Davis tweaked his right ankle in the second half of Saturday’s 111-102 win in the series opener, but still produced a double-double (12 points, 16 boards) to go with two assists over 25 minutes. The Nets will presumably reassess Davis’ ankle at their morning shootaround Monday before his availability for the contest is determined. If Davis can’t go in Game 2, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could enter the rotation as the Nets’ second-unit center.

Jared Dudley – GTD – Calf

4/15 2:57 AM IST – Dudley is listed as questionable Monday for Game 2 of the Nets’ first-round matchup with the 76ers due to right calf tightness, Greg Logan of Newsday reports. Dudley may have tweaked his calf at some point during Saturday’s 111-102 win in Game 1 of the series, when he played 28 minutes and generated four points (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists and one steal. The Nets are also listing Ed Davis (ankle) as questionable, leaving the team’s frontcourt depth on shaky ground entering Game 2. If neither or both players are available Monday, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Treveon Graham would likely handle elevated roles off the bench.

Philadelphia 76ers –

Jonah Bolden – GTD – Knee

4/15 4:12 AM IST – Bolden is considered probable for Game 2 against Brooklyn on Monday due to left knee soreness. Bolden was cleared to play in Game 1, although he logged just five minutes and scored two points. The former second-round pick out of UCLA is expected to be ready to roll Monday, although he’s unlikely to make much of an impact off the bench.

Joel Embiid – GTD – Knee

4/15 4:16 AM IST – Embiid is considered questionable for Game 2 against the Nets on Monday due to left knee soreness. Embiid managed to play through a knee issue in Game 1, and while his team failed to secure the victory, he was productive over 24 minutes of action. He scored 22 points and recorded 15 boards along with four assists and five blocks. It would be a huge blow for the Sixers if he’s unable to go.

James Ennis – GTD – Quadriceps

4/15 4:19 AM IST – Ennis (quad) is considered doubtful for Game 2 against the Nets on Monday. Ennis has missed the last five matchups due to a quad bruise, and his return for the second game of the postseason appears unlikely at this point. Assuming he’s officially ruled out closer to tipoff, Zhaire Smith and Jonathon Simmons would continue to see more playing time.

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