Preview: 76ers-Cavs Money Line at +2000 and more on tonight’s game in Cleveland
The 76ers are back in action tonight against the Cavaliers in Cleveland, coming off a dominant 144-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets yesterday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. Both teams are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, as the 76ers attempt to gain some more ground in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Sixers enter tonight in fourth place in the East, a half game behind the Milwaukee Bucks in second, and 2.5 games behind the first seeded Miami Heat. The Cavaliers beat the crap out of the New York Knicks last night and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference at 43-35.
With only a few games left in the regular season, if you’re someone who cares about seeding (I do not) then this game is somewhat important. The Cavaliers are looking to avoid falling down into the play-in tournament and the 76ers are looking to continue to move in the right direction heading into the playoffs.
Momentum Builder for the 76ers
After playing arguably their three worst games of the season, all of which were losses against the Suns, Bucks, and Pistons, the Sixers are looking to build off a beautiful performance against the Hornets.
It’s time to tighten things up. No more excuses.
The Sixers were able to do just that yesterday and need to prove that they can do it on a nightly basis before the playoffs begin. They scored a season-high 144 points yesterday, one point short of a franchise record. They knocked down 21 three point attempts, which was also a franchise record and season high. Nine different players on the Sixers hit a three pointer during the game.
The most impressive part of yesterday was the Sixers bench, who at times, are completely nonexistent. The bench scored 49 total points against the Hornets and were handed some extended playing time in the blowout win.
Cleveland Shorthanded Inside
The Cavaliers will be without Jarrett Allen, who hasn’t played in nearly a month. They will also be without Evan Mobley, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Missing two big men has killed the Cavaliers defensively and Joel Embiid should be able to capitalize on it tonight.
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76ers-Cavaliers Game Lines
- Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-105) | -226 Money Line
- Cleveland Cavaliers +5.5 (-115) | +170 Money Line
- Total: O/U 224.5 (-110)
Yesterday, Joel Embiid scored 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting, adding 14 rebounds and six assists. Tobias Harris scored 23 points, with five rebounds and four assists. Tyrese Maxey scored 19 points with four assists and two steals.
I really liked what I saw yesterday with James Harden falling into more of a facilitator role for the offense while still taking high quality shots. Sure, they didn’t fall but we finally saw the 76ers offense pushing the pace of the game instead of falling back into Harden/Embiid isolations.
The 76ers should be able to continue that tonight, even more so with the Cavaliers shorthanded inside the paint. Let’s keep it rolling with Harris, Maxey, and Embiid all going over on their point totals.
- Tobias Harris Over 17.5 (-115)
- Tyrese Maxey Over 16.5 (-121)
- Joel Embiid Over 31.5 (-110)
I’m so sick of regular season NBA basketball. The only thing worth keeping an eye on is the 76ers chemistry heading into the playoffs. Let’s finish the season strong and focus on what really matters come playoff time.