What to Watch: Sixers vs Cavaliers Preview
The Sixers are in Cleveland tonight to face the 2-0 Cavaliers. Both teams are on the second legs of back-to-backs, with the Sixers easily beating the Knicks last night and the Cavs pulling out a double-overtime win against the Pistons. With the Cavs going to double-overtime and the Sixers being able to provide some rest to both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, you can certainly give the Sixers a slight edge in the rest category heading into the game tonight.
Embiid vs Drummond
Joel Embiid will go up against notable rival Andre Drummond. Drummond scored 23 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 4 blocks last night in six quarters of play. Rivers wouldn’t comment on how he plans on resting Joel Embiid after he absolutely dominated the Knicks with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and shooting 50% from the floor but we all know the big man doesn’t like to rest and would hate to pass on a chance to go against Drummond.
Simmons vs Cavs Guards
Much like the home opener, Ben Simmons and Danny Green will have their hands full along the perimeter thanks to a pair of young guards on Cleveland, most notably, Colin Sexton. Sexton scored 32 points in 45 minutes last night. He and Darius Garland are fast and can shoot the ball well from the outside. The Sixers dominance defensively starts with Ben Simmons on the perimeter and ends with Joel Embiid in the paint.
Last Year vs Cavs
The Sixers were 3-1 last year vs the Cavs. The last time they faced each other they lost 108-94 with Embiid leaving the game in the first quarter with an ankle sprain.
The last time Ben Simmons faced the Cavs he dropped a career-high 34 points and made his second career three-pointer. The Sixers won by 47 points which was the third highest win margin in franchise history.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer