NBA Game Preview: Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mar 15, 2023

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Game: Philadelphia 76ers @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Odds: 76ers -2, Cavaliers +2

Total: 220

The Philadelphia 76ers (45-22) will look for their sixth straight victory tonight when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers (44-27). Philly notched its fifth consecutive win on Sunday in an easy 112-93 win over Washington at home. Tonight, the Sixers begin a three-game road trip.

In the win on Sunday, Joel Embiid scored 34 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and blocked four shots. It was the sixth consecutive game in which Embiid scored at least 30 points. James Harden recorded his 31st points-assists double-double of the season when he added 18 points and 14 assists.

Embiid maintained his dominance on the defensive end of the court while also getting the much-needed rest he required by sitting out the final quarter of play because the game was already decided.

During the game against Washington, Sixers forward Jalen McDaniels suffered a bruised right hip. Because he did not participate in Tuesday’s practice, it was unknown whether he would be able to take the court against the Cavaliers. He is listed as questionable for tonight.

Following two wins on the road against the Charlotte Hornets, the Cleveland Cavaliers will try to extend their current winning streak to a third game in a row tonight. On Sunday, Cleveland won by a score of 114-108, and then last night, they won by a score of 120-104.

In the rematch, the Cavaliers were without Donovan Mitchell (finger) and Jarrett Allen (eye), but Evan Mobley still managed to score 26 points. Cleveland shot 51.1 percent from the field and 46.7 percent (14-of-30) from three-point range. Cedi Osman scored 24 points, Caris LeVert had 22, and Darius Garland contributed 19 points for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers were able to easily dispatch the struggling Hornets despite their lack of depth. Defeating the Sixers will prove to be a much more difficult task for them. Cleveland should have more depth in their roster tonight with Mitchell anticipated to play. Since suffering an injury last Friday against the Miami Heat, Allen has now missed consecutive games. According to head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, his condition is considered to be day-to-day. Allen is questionable for tonight.

In addition to being 5-0 SU in their last five games, the Sixers are 13-3 SU in their last 16 on the road and 6-1 SU in their last seven against Cleveland. The Cavs are 5-1 SU in their last six games and 7-1 SU in their last eight played at home.

Cleveland has the No. 1 defense in the NBA allowing 106.7 points per game. The Sixers are No. 3 allowing 110.7 points a game. Interestingly, the Over is 4-1 in Cleveland’s last five games. Against the Sixers at home, the Under has cashed in six of the last seven. The total has gone Over in four of the last six Philadelphia games. The Sixers have a season O/U record of 37-30. On the road, that mark is 18-13.

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