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Sixers expecting Embiid, Butler, Chandler back in the lineup against Lakers tomorrow

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It looks like the Philadelphia 76ers will be playing with a full deck in tomorrow’s road matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Head coach Brett Brown was without the services of Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, and Wilson Chandler for Saturday night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. They’re all expected to be available tomorrow.

Embiid battled a sore back for several contests before finally taking a rest game to recover. Playing tomorrow will mean he got nearly a full week off as the team’s two time All-Star last played on Wednesday when Philadelphia hosted and defeated the San Antonio Spurs.

Butler has been out of the lineup with a sprained wrist for three games. He visited a specialist recently:

Butler’s return will provide a big lift to the team’s starting unit. His job likely won’t be quite as taxing as he might have thought. It appears LeBron James will miss his 17th consecutive game with a groin injury. There were rumors James was considering a return on Tuesday.

As for Chandler, he missed the last contest with a hamstring injury. It does not sound serious though as he is already set to make his return to the lineup.

The game will not be light on storylines. A report today from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis would like to be traded. The Lakers are one of the team’s who are reportedly interested in the former Kentucky Wildcat and will aggressively pursue him. They are also at the center of possible tampering issues:

The Sixers are reportedly not interested in pursuing Davis in any deal that would involve Ben Simmons, who shares an agent with Davis in Rich Paul.

This is likely not a game Joel Embiid wanted to miss. He played one of his best career games at Staples Center last season.

Tip off is set for 10:30 PM eastern.

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