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Apart from that Jimmy Butler absolutely balled out for the Sixers but pretty much everyone else stalled. Point guard Ben Simmons can't hit an outside jumper, so he's mostly a non-factor.

The Nets definitely showed they deserve their spot in the playoffs.

Johnson was inactive for Saturday's game, and Embiid, who was listed as doubtful, started and finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in 24 minutes.

Going downhill, Simmons is one of the toughest players to stop, given his size and length and if this is the Simmons we see for the rest of the series, the Sixers will be just fine.

Team-mate Joel Embiid was reluctant to criticise the fanbase but says he can understand why some players would take exception. The longer he was out there, the stronger, more comfortable, more confident he played.

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It was a standout performance when most expected him to wilt under the pressure of going head-to-head with Westbrook. Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings and the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.


NBA Bets so far this playoff season is 2-0 in straight bets and has positive equity in 3 series: Nets, Spurs and Blazers.

The next key is a pretty obvious one, put the ball in D'Angelo Russell's hands.

Saturday's game made Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich the winningest coach in National Basketball Association history, as he saw his 1,413th victory, both regular season and playoffs combined. He remains central to everything the Nets do and capable of finding his own shots. The Clippers found some success running the pick-and-roll with Williams and Harrell, specifically when DeMarcus Cousins was in the game, so they may look to get back to that more in Game 2.

Granted, Simmons did walk his initial comments back nearly immediately, saying that "It's Philly".

Against the spread: The safer play is to back Brooklyn at -110 to cover the +8 spread.

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"I was thinking about the boos from the last game", Simmons said, smiling. "Hopefully, I'll feel better and gain a couple more of my athletic abilities so I can be down on the block, but that's got to start just be physical starting with me". Simmons is someone that can find Redick for his shots and I am expecting a rebound performance from Simmons. "So I'm not going to celebrate this victory".

"I love the fans". He slumped into the playoffs, shooting just 27 percent from three over his final 19 games.

Philadelphia's star center Joel Embiid was listed as questionable leading up to the contest, but made a decision to suit up. During the process, Curry passed Ray Allen for the most three pointers made in the NBA Playoffs.

The 76ers will have Sunday to regroup before having to face the Nets again in Game Two of their best of seven series. So is fellow reserve Jared Dudley with a calf injury. While he isn't a fancy option for the game, he is cheap and is guaranteed to get minutes for his defense.

However, Butler proved on Saturday afternoon, why the Sixers acquired him in a blockbuster trade earlier this season. But things are different for this Nets team.

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NEED TO KNOW: The Nets will be trying for their first 2-0 lead in a series since going up 2-0 against the New York Knicks en route to a first-round sweep in 2004.

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