76ers vs Nets 2023 Playoffs Preview (Odds, Season Series and All-Time History)
The 2023 NBA Playoffs are here, and there are several exciting matchups to look forward to. One series fans have circled is the 3-seed Philadelphia 76ers taking on the 6-seed Brooklyn Nets in the first round.
These two sides have plenty of history together, especially from competing in the same division. Here's everything you need to know before they square off this postseason.
76ers vs Nets All-Time Playoff History
The 76ers and Nets have played 12 playoff games against each other before the 2023 postseason. Philadelphia owns the all-time lead in this matchup, going 8-4 across their three previous series.
The 76ers and Nets first collided in the first round of the 1979 playoffs, resulting in a 2-0 win for the former. They clashed again in Round 1 in 1984, but this time it was the Nets who picked up the 3-2 series victory.
The two rivals didn't meet again until the 2019 postseason. The 76ers winded up getting revenge 35 years later, eliminating the Nets in Round 1 in just five games.
April 11, 1979
76ers win 122-114
April 13, 1979
76ers win 111-101 (PHI wins series 2-0)
April 18, 1984
Nets win 116-101
April 20, 1984
Nets win 116-102
April 22, 1984
76ers win 108-100
April 24, 1984
76ers win 110-102
April 26, 1984
Nets win 101-98 (NJ wins series 3-2)
April 13, 2019
Nets win 111-102
April 15, 2019
76ers win 145-123
April 18, 2019
76ers win 131-115
April 20, 2019
76ers win 112-108
April 23, 2019
76ers win 122-100 (PHI wins series 4-1)
76ers-Nets Season Series 2023
As division rivals, the 76ers, and Nets faced off four times against each other during the 2022-23 campaign. Unfortunately for Brooklyn fans, their team couldn't get the better of Philadelphia in any of the four tries.
The rivals first met at Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 22, ending in a 115-106 victory for the 76ers. They clashed again in Philadelphia on Jan. 25 as Joel Embiid's 26 points (featuring 13 free throws made) and 10 rebounds helped lead his team to a 137-133 win.
The 76ers got the best of the Nets again just a few weeks later, pulling off a 101-98 effort at Barclays Center on Feb. 11. The regular-season finale then went down on April 9 and it wasn't even close as Philadelphia walked out of enemy territory with a 134-105 blowout victory.
Nov. 22, 2022
Wells Fargo Center
76ers win 115-106
Jan. 25, 2023
Wells Fargo Center
76ers win 137-133
Feb. 11, 2023
76ers win 101-98
April 9, 2023
76ers win 134-105
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76ers vs Nets Odds and Prediction for 2023 Playoff Series
After dominating the regular-season series, it's far from shocking to see the 76ers as heavy favorites over the Nets, per FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds. Philadephia is currently available as the -800 favorite while Brooklyn sits at an unfavorable +560 odds. The sportsbook also expects it to be a quick series, favoring it to end in five games at +165.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why the 76ers are heavily favored. Philadelphia is a well-balanced team that ranks inside of the top 10 when it comes to both offensive (No. 4) and defensive (No. 8) efficiency.
The 76ers are also led by a talented three-headed monster. Joel Embiid just won the scoring title (33.1 PPG) for the second straight year while James Harden was the NBA's top playmaker at 10.7 APG. That isn't even mentioning how Tyrese Maxey ended the year with career-highs in points (20.3) and three-point percentage (43.4%).
While the Nets have solid players like Mikal Bridges, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Nic Claxton, they lack the elite talent to win a seven-game series against an elite team like the 76ers. This was made evident by Philly sweeping the season series.
I don't think this playoff series will be a sweep because I can still see the Nets stealing a game. Having said that, the 76ers are the clear-cut better group and shouldn't take longer than (+165) to end the series.
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