It was quite the upset Saturday to ring in the first round of the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs. It was only game 1 of the postseason and while they did look a bit out of sorts they clearly underestimated the opponent and, perhaps, there was a bit of the jitters as well.
Good day from NBA Bets to win central. They were 37-15 on February 2nd but finished 17-13, including a 5-6 run in their final 11 contests. Dr. David J Chao, who has gained notoriety for diagnosing National Football League injuries in real time on his Twitter account, believes that Embiid's injury is a long-term issue.
With their team down for most of the game, the Philadelphia crowd let the hometown team hear it. They should win straight up and level the series. They played like they belonged in the postseason, despite not clinching their spot until the final week of the regular season. The Raptors are 2-14 in playoff openers. Are you really that surprised?
Moneyline: The 76ers are still being spotted -350 odds while at home and with the status of their best player unknown. ORLANDO MAGIC 104-101 TORONTO RAPTORS D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left, and Orlando beat Toronto in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. That won't last. And even in that setting, the Magic still barely won. Then again, if they want to send a message that they are in it to win it too then a big win would be the way to go. But to think this is worth ruining your Saturday over and concluding Embiid is not fit to lead and the 76ers are not ready is laughable.
As Game 2 approaches, Simmons knows he has to move on from the postgame comments and be better. He is followed by Joel Embiid with 22 ppg and a team high 15 boards per game.
COUSINS' NEXT CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins fouled out of his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, so the big man will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing playoff opener in which he had nine points, nine rebounds and four assists. The Spurs were led by their star guard DeMar DeRozan who overcame a bad shooting night to do just enough in the end to give the Spurs a 1-0 lead in the series.