If the Sixers are going to be legit Finals contenders, they have to handle inferior teams. Although the Nets have played Philadelphia quite competitively this season, there’s no reason this series should go more than five games. Contain Russell and coast into the second round. Philadelphia’s key players have played quite well against Brooklyn in 2018-19:
Stats vs Brooklyn this Season:
30.0 pts / 14.3 reb / 5.0 ast / 60% FG
17.8 pts / 7.3 reb / 6.8 ast /55% FG
21.5 pts / 9.5 reb / 2.5 ast / 47% FG
16.5 pts / 9.0 reb / 3.5 ast / 56% FG
14.8 pts / 2.5 reb / 2.3 ast / 41% FG
— Waiting for Playoff Anžejs (@mdelNBA) April 11, 2019
This might end up being the toughest stage for the Sixers to bring home the Larry O’Brien. Philadelphia will have to not only knock off a team like the Raptors but would likely face Milwaukee or Boston in the series right after. This Brett Brown coached team will have to be on their ‘A’ Game for 10+ games straight. As mentioned before, SBD gives the Sixers a 22.2% (3rd best) chance of conquering the Eastern Conference and with the talent on this roster that should come as no surprise.
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