Back on track.
After a 1-3 road trip out west, the Sixers returned home to Philadelphia and beat the Charlotte Hornets, 114-106. It wasn’t exactly a dominating performance, with Philly needing a 35-23 third quarter to overcome 20 turnovers against the 4-6 Hornets, but a win is a win. It played out with a still-injured Ben Simmons watching from the sidelines as Joel Embiid scored 18 points and hauled in 9 rebounds. Three other Sixers starters had 7 boards apiece, as the team out-rebounded Charlotte 49-31. Another big factor was Sixers emerging sixth man Furkan Korkmaz, who hit two three-pointers in the crucial third quarter, finishing with 17 points.
NBA Game Preview – Cavaliers @ 76ers
Tue. 11/12 at 7:00 PM
The Sixers look to continue their winning ways tonight with another home matchup against a 4-5 Eastern Conference opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Raul Neto will likely get another start at point guard, with Ben Simmons’ shoulder still keeping him sidelined. He’ll be matched up against Cleveland’s starting guard tandem of Darius Garland and second-year scoring talent, Collin Sexton, who is coming off a 31-point game against the atrocious New York Knicks, and is averaging 18.8 points on the season. That’s only slightly better than 12th-year veteran star Kevin Love, who is averaging 18.5 points, 13.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists — throwback numbers to Love’s Minnesota heyday, when he was the brightest light on terrible teams.
This year’s Cavs aren’t exactly terrible, just middle-of-the-pack average, thanks to a second straight season without a replacement for the Lebron James-shaped hole in their lineup. One player trying to partially fill that void through elevated play is Tristan Thompson, who is having his best statistical season with 16.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.
While the Cavs have five players on their roster who can play natural point guard in Garland, Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Knight, and Matthew Dellavedova — they are shallow in size and rebounding, with a big drop-off after Love, Thompson, and bench forward Larry Nance. That is a very big advantage for the Sixers here, just as it was last game against the Hornets. However one big caveat is Philadelphia’s decision to rest the team’s third-leading rebounder (7.4 per game), Al Horford, since tonight is the first night of a back-to-back, which includes tomorrow’s tilt in Orlando. Despite Big Al’s absence, I think Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris will impose their wills inside, and beat up on Cleveland’s interior defense. I’m taking Philly as the 10.5 point favorite tonight.
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