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The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to rebound from a 111-102 loss to Brooklyn in the series opener of their first-round NBA playoff clash with the Nets when they tip off in Game 2 on Monday as 7.5-point favorites on the NBA playoff odds.

Philadelphia came out flat in their Game 1 loss as 7.5-point home chalk, falling behind by eight points at halftime, and has now lost outright in five of seven outings going into Monday night’s matchup at Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers’ Game 1 loss also extends a trend of mixed results when facing Brooklyn. Philadelphia has now dropped three of five straight-up to the Nets this season, including a pair of defeats on home court, and has been a steady disappointment on the NBA odds, covering just once in this season’s five meetings, and going 3-7 against the spread in their past 10 tilts with Brooklyn.

While the 76ers struggle, the Nets enter Game 2 on a high, riding a four-game SU win streak. Brooklyn has played stingy ball during their current surge, limiting opponents to just 97.33 points per game over their past three outings.

More impressive is the Nets’ recent strong play on the road. Three of the Nets’ four recent wins have come as road underdogs, lifting the club to an impressive 5-2 SU in their past seven road outings.

The Nets’ recent strong play and Game 1 victory has dramatically diminished Philadelphia’s position on the NBA series prices. The 76ers opened the postseason pegged as clear -650 favorites to knock off the Nets, but now sit as reduced -180 chalk, while Brooklyn has climbed to a +160 bet on those NBA playoff lines to claim just their second series win since 2007.

 

Warriors Heavy Chalk Hosting Clippers on Monday

 

Over in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors look to take a 2-0 series lead when they hit the floor on Monday night for Game 2 of their opening-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers as heavy 13.5-point home favorites on the NBA playoff betting lines.

The Warriors dominated their cross-state rivals after entering Saturday’s series opener as a massive -20000 favorite on the NBA playoff series prices, recording a lopsided 121-104 victory to pay out as 13.5-point favorites.

Wins over the Clippers have become commonplace for Golden State, which now owns a 17-2 SU record in 19 meetings with Los Angeles since December 2014. The Warriors have also claimed victory by a double-digit margin in each of their past three dates with the Clippers, and on 11 occasions in their past 21 head-to-head clashes.

In addition, with Saturday’s win, Golden State is now undefeated SU in seven straight playoff contests, dating back to last year’s Western Conference Finals. Not surprisingly, the Warriors remain a fixture atop the NBA futures, sporting short -225 odds to win the NBA championship for a third straight year.

With just one SU win in five outings, the Clippers now find themselves in desperation mode entering Game 2. Los Angeles has also dropped three straight SU on the road, and have disappointed bettors with five straight ATS losses.

 

*Odds as of April 15, 2019

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