Preview: 76ers stay in Los Angeles to face Clippers
The 76ers started their final West Coast road trip of the season off with a win over the Lakers earlier this week. Now with just ten games remaining on the schedule, Philly will head back to Crypto.com Arena to face the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers have battled injuries all year long to a 36-38 record, good for the eighth seed in the Western Conference as the season inches closer to the end. With just a handful of games left on the schedule there is not much moving LA can do in the standings.
The Clippers are currently six games back from the Timberwolves for the seventh seed, and four-and-a-half games ahead of the Pelicans for the nine spot. Even if LA goes on a run, they’ll still end up in the play-in tournament with a home game as the only consolation prize.
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The 76ers are now 45-27 after Wednesday’s win over the Lakers, giving them the third seed in the East. Since the Bucks got a win last night with Philly off, they are ahead in the standings. A Sixers win tonight would give them control of the second spot again thanks to tiebreakers.
With Miami dropping two straight both teams are now within striking distance for the top seed in the East. A Heat loss with a 76ers win tonight puts both Philly and Milwaukee a half-game out for the top seed.
- Robert Covington (Questionable)
- Paul George (Out)
- Norman Powell (Out)
- Kawhi Leonard (Out)
- Jason Preston (Out)
- Jay Scrubb (Out)
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76er Can’t Take Foot Off the Gas
The 76ers have had a habit recently of losing leads and making games much closer than they need to be, especially against sub .500 opponents. Combine that with the fact that the bench scoring has been inconsistent to put it likely and the Sixers are capable of losing against an injury-riddled Clippers team tonight.
With guys like Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Norman Powell out for this game LA has been leaning on their bench guys for production. Ty Lue has specifically kept his best scorers like Terrance Mann on the bench to come in mid-game for a big boost to the offense.
The 76ers starters should feast against a Clippers starting lineup headlined by Reggie Jackson and an aging Marcus Morris, but the 76ers bench can’t get caught off guard by coach Lue’s rotations.
The Sixers have already lost to this same Clippers team by underestimating them due to injuries and letting them hang around. If Doc just throws out full bench lineups without trying to match the offensive firepower off LA’s bench this game could mirror the last outing between the two squads.
|Philadelphia 76ers||-5.5 (-105)||-200||O 217.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+5.5 (-115)||+170||U 217.5 (-110)|
This is a classic trap game. The 76ers are set up to face the Phoenix Suns this weekend to close out the road trip and probably have had that game circled on their calendars. Though this is also the same team that blew a huge lead at home and let the Clippers head back west with a W.
I like Philly to get the win here but after letting the Lakers hang around on Wednesday five-and-a-half points is a bit too much for me.
Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Leff