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On Friday night, by virtue of the Brooklyn Nets routing the Orlando Magic, the Sixers’ first-round opponent was finalized: Brooklyn. Prior to that result, as well as the Miami Heat’s loss to the Washington Wizards the same day, Brooklyn and Miami were both in play for the No. 6 seed.
According to a recent survey, it appears the majority of respondents breathed a deep sigh of relief when the Nets clinched the sixth seed on Friday. Ninety percent of voters preferred Brooklyn as Philadelphia’s first-round matchup rather than the Heat.
Brooklyn is 12-14 since Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson entered the rotation following the Kevin Durant trade. Over that span, it ranks 19th in net rating, (minus-0.8), 23rd in offensive rating (114.5) and 16th in defensive rating (115.3). On the year, for comparison, Miami is 20th in net rating (minus-0.2), 25th in offensive rating (113.3) and seventh in defensive rating (113.5).