76ers look to win second straight against a COVID ridden Atlanta Hawks team tonight in Philly
It’s game day!!! The Philadelphia 76ers host the 14-16 Atlanta Hawks in a 7PM matchup tonight in South Philadelphia. Both the 76ers and Atlanta are dealing with some major COVID-19 issues, so depending on any new updates today, I still wouldn’t be surprised if this game is a late postponement.
Latest Injury/COVID Updates from 76ers and Hawks
The 76ers will be without Danny Green, Georges Niang, Andre Drummond and Shake Milton due to health and safety protocols. On the other side, the Hawks are down Trae Young, Lou Williams, Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot because of COVID protocols. In addition to those players, Solomon Hill and De’Andre Hunter are out with injuries. It’s possible Tyrese Maxey could return to the lineup tonight, as he missed the last two games due to a quad bruise.
Furkan Korkmaz missed the last three games with the flu, and it looks like he should be back for tonight’s game.
A Joel Embiid Masterclass
The 76ers had a beautiful win over Boston Monday night, all thanks to (arguably) Philadelphia’s favorite athlete, Joel Embiid. The big man recorded a double double, finishing with 41 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Even Skip Bayless thinks Embiid is the best big in the NBA. I don’t like Skip Bayless WHATSOEVER, so for us to agree on something? That’s special.
Expect another dominating performance from Embiid tonight against the Hawks given the fact that they are down so many players and could never really contain Embiid down low in the first place.
Besides all that, let’s get into this game against Atlanta. These two teams have faced off twice this season, with the 76ers winning both contests. The first time around, Philadelphia won by 28, and the second game, they won by 2.
In a normal situation, it’s never easy to beat a team three times in one season, but I’m confident the 76ers will come out with a win tonight. While both teams are down multiple guys, Atlanta is hurting more than Philadelphia. Trae Young was averaging 27.3 points per game on 46% shooting until he tested positive for the virus.
Hawks-76ers Odds from Parx Sportsbook
|Atlanta Hawks||+410||+10.5 (-110)||Over 209 (-108)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-590||-10.5 (-110)||Under 209 (-113)|
Tobias Harris and Seth Curry
I’m a very tough critic of Tobias Harris, but I will say he put up good numbers against Boston. Harris was 7-13 from the floor and finished with 25 points. If he could put those numbers up every game, that would be fantastic.
It’s no surprise Embiid leads the team in scoring, averaging 25.1 points per game. Harris is behind him, averaging 18.8 points per game. As a team, Philadelphia is shooting 34.8% beyond the arc on the season. The man behind that is Seth Curry, who is shooting 40.3% from deep. Curry has been such a great addition to this team, and I’m so glad he’s a 76er.
Atlanta has lost seven of their last 10 games, while Philadelphia has lost five of their last 10. With the Hawks roster being so depleted, the 76ers need to take advantage of that and come out strong on both ends of the floor.
I don’t see anyone on the Hawks stopping Joel Embiid and company tonight. I’ll take a relatively easy win tonight for the Philadelphia 76ers.
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