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NBC Sports Philadelphia to present betting-focused 76ers game broadcast

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NBC Sports Philadelphia to present betting-focused 76ers game broadcast

NBC Sports Philadelphia will present alternate, betting-focused live coverage of the Philadelphia 76ers-Atlanta Hawks game this Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+. 76ers vs. Hawks Presented by NBC Sports Bet will feature betting-related commentary and analysis in real time, along with up-to-date betting data and information.

WHAT:  76ers vs. Hawks Presented by NBC Sports Bet

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus

TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET

The special program will be led by NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic host Marc Farzetta alongside sports betting expert Brad Feinberg, an analyst on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s The Daily Line, and Anthony Gargano from 97.5 the Fanatic. The hosts will discuss a variety of betting lines and how gameplay impacts certain bets throughout the game.

The hosts’ commentary and analysis will be complemented by special on-screen graphics featuring betting data and information, including a glossary of gambling terminology. The remainder of the visual presentation will be identical to the primary game telecast on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to be the first to provide this betting-focused programming and analysis, with a format that is relevant to everyone, from those just learning to advanced bettors,” said NBC Sports Philadelphia President Brian Monihan. “This live coverage continues our commitment to engage our fans in new and exciting ways.”

Nets owner Joe Tsai fined $35,000 for public comments 'detrimental to the NBA'

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Nets owner Joe Tsai fined $35,000 for public comments 'detrimental to the NBA'

The Nets, a game away from being eliminated by the Sixers, have not been shy about voicing their displeasure with the refereeing in the series.

After general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game and fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room following Game 4, owner Joe Tsai expressed his support for Marks' actions.

Monday, the NBA fined Tsai $35,000 for public comments "detrimental to the NBA."

Tsai, the co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, owns 49 percent of the Nets. 

Marks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, was "livid" that the Flagrant 1 fouls on Joel Embiid in Games 2 and 4 were not called Flagrant 2s, and wanted to send a message. Tsai wholeheartedly backed that message.

In the Last Two Minute Report from Game 4, the league said that the referees missed a foul by Tobias Harris on Jarrett Allen with 12 seconds remaining and the Nets looking to tie the game.

Nets players and executives have now been fined a total of $85,000 after Game 4 and its contentious aftermath (Jared Dudley — $25,000; Marks — $25,000; Tsai — $35,000). Jimmy Butler ($15,000) is the only Sixer to incur a fine from the league this series. 

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Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) listed as probable for Sixers-Nets Game 5

Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) listed as probable for Sixers-Nets Game 5

Joel Embiid was doubtful for Game 1 with left knee soreness, questionable for Games 2 and 3, and doubtful again for Game 4. For Game 5 of the Sixers’ first-round playoff series against the Nets, he’s checked off another injury designation — probable.

At practice Monday, Embiid told reporters of his status, “Gotta keep ‘em guessing.”

It’s clear at this stage how Embiid is listed in the injury report doesn’t reveal much. He played after being designated as “doubtful” for Games 1 and Game 4. He missed Game 3 after being officially questionable and saying pregame his knee was getting better “slowly but surely.”

Even he doesn’t seem sure of how his knee will respond on any given day.

“The body reacts differently every day,” he said Thursday. “I might feel good after the game and then in two days, maybe feel it. So I just gotta manage it.”

It’s still difficult to discern what the practical implications of managing his pain and maintaining his conditioning are for his game-to-game status.

If you believe the NBA’s official injury report, it means he’ll likely play Tuesday night in Game 5 as the Sixers, up 3-1 over the Nets, aim to advance to the second round.

At this point, though, Embiid and the Sixers have made it hard to put much stock in that report. 

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