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For the second time in less than a week, Joel Embiid will face off against Lauri Markkanen. This time, it counts.

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We’ve made it to the final stages of the 2017-18 NBA season, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ (moderately easy) stretch run begins tonight against the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City.

Tonight’s contest is the first of eight road games that the Sixers will play between now and March 11 (with a couple of home dates sprinkled in). But after that run, they finish out the season with a stretch where they’ll play 11 of their final 17 games at the Wells Fargo Center.

The last time the Sixers and the Bulls met (January 24 - a 115-101 76ers’ victory), Ben Simmons blessed the world with a 19/17/14 that even made Goran Dragic fans stand and tip their respective caps. Dario Saric went for 21/10, and Joel Embiid chipped in 22 points for good measure.

It appears as if every member of the Sixers made it through the All-Star break unscathed, so other than Justin Anderson (who is still dealing with a sprained right ankle), the team should have its full complement of players tonight against Chicago.

Even with a healthy Zach LaVine, the 76ers should be able to beat a Bulls team that may struggle to win 30 games this season. Brett Brown’s squad is a virtual lock to make the postseason at this point, and if they want to avoid a first-round series against the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors, tonight’s game is a loss that they simply can’t afford.

GAME INFO

  • Date: February 22, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • Location: United Center, Chicago
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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