Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Embiid, Griffin out for 76ers-Pistons matchup

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Sixers' Ben Simmons could set a personal record tonight vs. Brooklyn Nets | Which one?
Eugene Bates | 08 April, 2018, 02:48

The Detroit Pistons (37-41) officially can no longer make the playoffs.

JJ Redick scored 25 points, and the 76ers won their 12th straight game, eliminating Detroit from playoff contention with a 115-108 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night.

With only five games left in the regular season, the Indiana Pacers find themselves locked in a heated battle for playoff seeding with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 3-5 seeds. Philadelphia scored 11 of the first 12 points of the period, capped by Redick's fast-break layup with 8:36 left that made it 72-50.

The 76ers were in control all night, despite playing on the second leg of a back to back set.

Simmons helped lead the Sixers to a 121-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in only 25 minutes. The Sixers would have been a 27-win team if that happened over the course of a full year, although with Embiid sidelined until the postseason, that is going to change one way or the other.

Andre Drummond (flu) is a game-time decision. He finished 1-of-11 on field goals, with eight points and seven assists. Bullock led the starters in plus-minus with a plus-three.

Marco Belinelli contributed 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals off the bench.

Simmons also makes up for a lack of shooting prowess by being one of the league's better facilitators with the ball. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, opened at 222 and is now at 224. And in his second season, the power forward is averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. J.J. Redick was creating opportunities from inside the arc due to the threat of his perimeter shot.

As a purveyor of advanced analytics, it's hard for me to anoint any player as "the next great one" after less than a full National Basketball Association season, but it's hard to argue against the fact that Simmons is off to a great start and is at least on track to inherit the mantle of being a once-in-a-lifetime-type player.

James Ennis returned after sitting out Sunday with a hand injury, but he may as well not have.

The Pistons home court advantage - Detroit are one of those teams which plays significantly better at home than on the road. He was well on his way to healthy season end before suffering an orbital fracture in his face on March 28, which will sideline him for roughly 2-4 weeks.

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