Preview: Pistons At Sixers
The Sixers look to rebound and continue their success in the Wells Fargo Center tonight against the 20-45 Detriot Pistons. In the wake of the news that Ben Simmons will continue to rehab and be re-evaluated in 3 weeks, the Sixers will have Josh Richardson available for the first time since the Clippers game on 3/1. Joel Embiid is also active tonight for the first time since spraining his shoulder against the Cavs a few weeks ago.
“It’s good for them to be back. We need both of those guys.”#PhilaUnite
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 11, 2020
The quote above is from Al Horford, who played well in the absence of Joel. He posted a 22 point, 10 Rebound, and 7 Assist effort in the embarrassing loss against the Curry-Thompson-Green-less Golden State Warriors. Whether he is in the starting lineup or asked to come off the bench, I expect Al to continue his success against the sorry frontcourt of the Pistons.
Tobias Harris has been solid for us without our two All-Stars, but he will need to put in a better effort than he displayed against the Warriors. While he netted 24 points, he did it on 23 shots. He has been efficient as of late, so I think we can chalk this up as a bad game, but in his current position, he cannot afford to have bad games against bad teams. With Richardson opening up the floor a little more tonight and Embiid drawing attention down low, Tobias is set up for success tonight.
Shake Milton continues his success handling the ball, turning it over a grand total of 0 times. I really want to see Shake stay aggressive with two more of our notable players returning to the lineup. All of Philadelphia believes in this kid and he should be getting some serious playoff minutes, he just needs to keep playing his game as our starters return.
Key To The Game
This one is going to be obvious, but:
Don’t let off the Gas. The Pistons have absolutely no business being in this game. The Sixers are a dominant force at home and we need to show the rest of the league we are not going to be an easy out. The Pistons have won 3 of their last 15 games. Step on their throats and don’t give up a lead like the Warriors game.
Not only are the Sixers red hot at home, but they’re also hot against the spread in this situation. The Sixers have covered 9 of their last 10 AGS vs the Pistons. This line will probably fluctuate once Embiid is made available, so get on this while you can.
Also, I formally apologize for the Sixers blowing that lead against the Warriors. Hopefully you took the over as well.
The Sixers have been hitting the over lately like no one’s business. In their only two meetings of the season, the games have both went over 211.5. I see this trend continuing.