The first-round action of the NBA playoffs continues on Saturday with the No. 6 Brooklyn Nets hosting the No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4. The Sixers get good news as Joel Embiid will play in Game 4 after missing Game 3 with a knee injury. Even without their star center, Philadelphia rolled past Brooklyn in Game 3 behind a career-high 31 points from Ben Simmons.
One of the bigger surprises of the opening round has been the success of the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs. They currently hold a 2-1 series lead over the No. 2 Denver Nuggets after a 118-108 win in Game 3, thanks to a huge 36-point effort from Derrick White.
Meanwhile, the NBA‘s top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks are looking to take a stranglehold on their series against the No. 8 Detroit Pistons. It was already going to be an uphill battle for the Pistons, but to make matters worse, Blake Griffin has missed the first two games with a knee injury and might remain sidelined for Game 3. The Bucks have won each game by double digits while Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored at least 24 points in each victory.
Finally, the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets have looked like an absolute buzzsaw in their series against the No. 5 Utah Jazz, and will look to continue their dominance as they look to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
NBA playoffs schedule for Saturday, April 20
*All times Eastern
- Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets, 3 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: TNT | Streaming: fuboTV (try it free)
- Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs, 5:30 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: TNT | Streaming: fuboTV (try it free)
- Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: ESPN
- Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (GameTracker) TV: ESPN
LeVert dunks on Embiid
Caris LeVert was inserted into the Brooklyn starting lineup after averaging 20.7 points off the bench in the first three games of the series. LeVert got involved in the offense early on as he threw down this huge two-handed slam dunk on Joel Embiid in the opening quarter.
Embiid will play in Game 4
The Sixers will get a huge boost when they take the court for Game 4. Star center Joel Embiid will play against the Nets after missing Game 3 with a knee injury. Embiid will draw the start after Greg Monroe started in his place on Thursday.