Sixers to Face Brooklyn Nets in First Round of Playoffs

Updated: 1:58 a.m. 

The Sixers' first-round playoff matchup is set, and it's not an easy draw.

They'll face the Brooklyn Nets, who clinched the No. 6 seed Wednesday with a 113-94 win over the Heat. 

Here's the schedule for the series, with Games 5 through 7 if necessary:

Game 1: Saturday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m. | Sixers vs. Nets (NBCSP)
Game 2: Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. | Sixers vs. Nets (NBCSP)
Game 3: Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. | Sixers at Nets (NBCSP)
Game 4: Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. | Sixers at Nets (NBCSP)
Game 5: Tuesday, Apri 23, at TBD | Sixers vs. Nets
Game 6: Thursday, April 25 at TBD | Sixers at Nets
Game 7: Saturday, April 27 at TBD | Sixers vs. Nets 

Brett Brown has been frank in acknowledging how the Nets' guards pose problems for the Sixers. The two teams split the four-game series in the regular season, and All-Star D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie were especially effective.

Russell has averaged 27.3 points and 7.3 assists against the Sixers this season, while Dinwiddie, who scored a career high 39 points Dec. 12 in Philadelphia, has averaged 23.8 points and 5.5 assists vs. the Sixers. 

Brooklyn's Joe Harris, the three-point contest champion this season, leads the NBA in three-point percentage.

Caris LeVert, after suffering a gruesome dislocated ankle on Nov. 12, has returned to form over the past few weeks. 

In the last meeting between the teams, a 120-112 Sixers win on March 28, Joel Embiid starred with 39 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

The Sixers' other victory over the Nets, 127-125 on Nov. 25, was one of the more entertaining games this regular season. Jimmy Butler's three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left completed an improbable Sixers' comeback from what at one point appeared to be a second straight blowout loss in Brooklyn. 

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