The Philadelphia 76ers will take the Wells Fargo Center court Wednesday evening against the Orlando Magic to finish off the second half of a back-to-back. The first half of the B2B, Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, brought the Sixers a 98-97 victory, but it certainly wasn’t pretty. Brett Brown’s unit will look to provide sharper execution against the struggling Magic, whose 3-7 record ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight’s game will be Markelle Fultz’s first against Philadelphia (excluding preseason play) and just 11th game overall since being traded from the Sixers last February. Across his first 10 games with the Magic (all this season), Fultz is averaging 9.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals. His struggles from behind the arc have followed him to Orlando, as he’s hit just 4 of his 22 attempts from deep. However, he’s been productive from a percentage standpoint on 2PTs, hitting 56.9% of his shots inside the arc. He’s also at a career-high 78.6% from the line (though he’s not drawing many fouls). He’s likely to get the start at point guard against the Sixers.
The Sixers will be without Joel Embiid against the Magic, as he’s out with knee soreness (although he’s likely primarily out as part of his load management agenda). In Embiid’s absence, I’m looking for Furkan Korkmaz to start and Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, and Al Horford to all move up a position in the starting lineup.
Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando FL
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic