76ers look to keep momentum rolling vs. Rockets
Tonight will be the second meeting between the 76ers and the Rockets during Philadelphia’s win streak, which currently sits at six consecutive games. This time around, the game will take place in Houston. Luckily for the Sixers, they have won their previous five games away from the Wells Fargo Center.
Surprising to nobody, the Rockets have been abysmal this season. As of now, they are the 15th seed in the Western Conference, or better known as dead last. Houston is 7-12 at home this year, and they hold the third-worst record in the NBA at 11-30.
On the 76ers’ side, things have been looking good over the past week. Philadelphia will be seeking their seventh straight victory, their longest win-streak of the year. They dominated Houston in their last matchup, and they should be looking to do the same thing tonight.
Houston will be without Eric Gordon, Armoni Brooks, and rookie Alperen Sengun who has been one of the few bright spots for this Rockets team this season.
The Sixers will still be missing Tyrese Maxey and Paul Reed due to health and safety protocols, and Shake Milton is also listed as out because of a back injury he suffered in the last meeting with the Rockets.
Seth Curry is noted as a game-time decision for the ankle he tweaked Friday, but he finished out that game so there should be some optimism he will play.
Embiid’s Road Domination
In this stretch, it would be impossible to ignore Joel Embiid’s pure dominance. He has unleashed himself as one of the best all-around players in the NBA today, and he feasted on the weak front court of Houston last week.
The last time these two teams met, Embiid notched his third career triple-double, where he finished with 31/15/10 in just 29 minutes of play. He has reemerged as an MVP candidate, and launched the 76ers back into strong playoff contention. There have been no signs of him slowing down, so I expect another big night from Embiid tonight.
The Sixers should look to take this game early, rather than letting a weaker team linger around as they are known to do on occasion. Asserting themselves on the defensive glass and taking advantage of mismatches on the offensive end will allow them to take control early on.
The Supporting Cast
Tobias Harris has been the subject of criticism this season, but has been much better as of late. He will play large factor in both of the aforementioned keys to success, and Philadelphia could look to him to be the main contributor at times of the game in order to continue building on his recent performances.
With Curry potentially missing this game, both Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz should be prepared to collect those extra minutes, and good for Philadelphia that they have both been playing well.
76ers-Rockets Odds from Parx Sportsbook
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|Philadelphia 76ers||-510||-10(-110)||O 226.5 (-110)|
|Houston Rockets||+380||+10(-110)||U 226.5(-110)|
This should be another victory for the 76ers as they look to continue their hot streak. Play through Embiid, trust him to make the right plays as he has been, and make a concerted effort to take away the fast-break and second chance opportunities. I’ll be putting my money on the Sixers.
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