Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Preview
The 76ers come into the game having won two straight as well as six of their last seven. Philadelphia is 31-17 overall and currently sits as the five seed in the East. The 76ers are 9-15 on the road.
The Hawks, meanwhile, are 12-36 overall and have the worst record in the East and the second-worst record in the NBA. The Hawks have won two of their last four games including a win over an injury-depleted LA Clippers squad.
The 76ers won the first meeting between the teams 105-103 as Embiid scored a game-high 36 points.
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Channel: FSSE, NBCSP
76ers: Josh Richardson (O), Al Horford (GTD), Mike Scott (GTD)
Hawks: Deandre’ Bembry (O), Alex Len (O), Bruno Fernando (GTD), Jabari Parker (O)
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
The 76ers won for the sixth time in seven games on Tuesday when they defeated the Golden State Warriors 115-104.
The 76ers were led Joel Embiid who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 9-13 from the field. It was Embiid’s first game in three weeks as he was out due to a hand injury.
Embiid wore the number 24 Tuesday to honor Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. After the game, Embiid talked about how much Kobe meant to him “After watching, I just wanted to be like him.”
The 76ers went 6-3 during Embiid’s absence. While Embiid was out the 76ers had the leagues second-best defensive rating at 102.3 but their offense was 28th at 104.4. Their 2.1 net rating was 14th over that time span.
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
Atlanta comes into Thursday’s game having given up at least 130 points in each of their last three games. During that time the Hawks have a 125.2 defensive rating which is next to last in the NBA over that time.
The Hawks have struggled this season as they have the league’s second-worst offense and third-worst defense.
Atlanta is coming off of a 130-114 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night. The Hawks were led by John Collins who had 28 points and 12 rebounds. Trae Young was held to 18 points after scoring 45 in the previous game. Young did have 13 assists in the loss.
Atlanta is 7-16 at home this season.
Key Player Matchups
Ben Simmons vs. Trae Young
A matchup between two of the games most exciting players but also two guys who operate in completely different ways. Simmons refuses to take shots outside the paint while Young is well known for his range.
In the first matchup, Trae Young had 25 points and nine assists while Simmons had 13 points and six assists.
Joel Embiid vs. John Collins
Embiid was a matchup nightmare for the Hawks in the first meeting as he shot 12-19 from the field, 2-6 from three, and 10-10 from the free-throw line. He posted a 36-13-5 stat line.
Collins will likely play at center with Alex Len and Bruno Fernando expected to miss the game. Collins had 16 points and eight rebounds in the first meeting.
The 76ers-Hawks matchup has several intriguing daily fantasy options. The top three options are Joel Embiid, Trae Young, and Ben Simmons. Embiid is projected to score 41.8 points and is available for $9k while his teammate Ben Simmons is projected at 43.6 points and cost $9.3k.
Young is available for $9.5k and is projected to score 45.3 points. If looking for a cheaper option then consider John Collins who is predicted to score 36.3 points and only cost $7.4k.
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