76ers look for eighth straight win against the Charlotte Hornets in South Philly
The 76ers are red hot off their seventh straight last Monday night in Houston. Tonight, they look to keep momentum in their favor, facing off against a much more complete version of the Charlotte Hornets, a team they beat twice already this season.
The Hornets have become one of the flashiest, yet inconsistent teams in the East so far this season. With a 22-19 record the Hornets currently sit as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte has found ways to drop games to opponents like the Blazers and Kings, yet find themselves on their own three-game winning streak. Two of those wins come in back-to-back games against the defending champion Bucks, perfectly encapsulating the high ceiling but low floor of this team on a nightly basis.
The 76ers have climbed up the Eastern Conference standings and haven’t lost a game since before Christmas. They are fifth in the East with a 23-16 record, just a game behind the Milwaukee Bucks.
Injuries & Health and Safety Protocols
Now with the prevalent COVID issues in the NBA it is always important to define injuries and players in protocol prior to action, especially if you’re looking to gamble on the contest.
For the Hornets the situation is pretty simple. Kelly Oubre Jr is the only player listed on the injury report, as he was put in health and safety protocols Monday effectively ruling him out for tonight’s contest.
For the 76ers, things have gotten better for the rotational guys, but murkier when it comes to a few starters. Seth Curry missed last game in Houston with a minor ankle issue and is currently questionable for tonight’s game. Tobias Harris is dealing with right shoulder pain and is currently probable to play. Curry has dealt with ankle issues since he’s become a Sixer and Harris hasn’t missed a game on the win streak so I’d expect both guys to go against a much bigger opponent in Charlotte.
On Monday night against the Rockets Embiid grabbed his seventh 30-point game in a row, tying with 76ers greats Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson for the franchise record of 30-point games in a row. Tonight, Embiid could solidify himself even closer to the Sixers greats by taking sole possession of the record.
Embiid’s complete dominance of opponents in every game of the 76ers win streak not only has him kicking the doors down to Sixers records, but re-ignites his MVP discussion.
With Embiid producing much better as a facilitator (averaging a whole extra assist higher than his career average) the comparison with Jokic have once again caught social media by fire. My totally unbiased opinion? My MVP is the guy who’s out here hitting hesi-crossovers for dunks, then hitting three’s the next possession down at a near 40-percent clip.
It is also worth mentioning the heart-warming story of Charlie Brown Jr, the local kid who spent his time going to 76ers game all the time finally getting a shot with his hometown team.
The Sixers brought Brown Jr in on a hardship deal to bolster a back court wrecked by health and safety protocols. Charlie was able to impress the team with his defensive abilities and quickness at 6’6″, earning himself a two-way deal.
With Maxey set to return and the 76ers as a whole getting healthier you might not see as much of Charlie Brown Jr, but certainly a heartwarming story nonetheless.
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|Charlotte Hornets||+5(-110)||+170||O 225(-112)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-5(-112)||-210||U 225(-109)|
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While winning seven straight games is difficult on its own, four of those games have come against bottom of the barrel NBA teams. The Charlotte Hornets have the ability to beat anyone, but I don’t think anybody could stop Embiid from grabbing this 76ers record.
I expect both Curry and Harris to play in this contest recognizing it won’t be a cake walk like Houston was on Monday.
Give me the Sixers to get to eight in a row in a very high scoring affair.
Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline.