The Philadelphia 76ers put a beatdown on the Pistons in Detroit on Wednesday night. Now, it’s the Sixers’ turn to play host to the Pistons, with a golden opportunity to snag their fifth consecutive victory facing the 2-22 team.
In their contest Wednesday, the Sixers were able to take advantage of the Pistons’ inexperience and some frankly dreadful defense in a 129-111 win (and it wasn’t that close, really). It shouldn’t be a struggle Friday for the Sixers to put up a plethora of points against the 25th-rated defense in the league yet again — well, at least I’d hope not.
There are a few players to watch for after Wednesday’s bout when it comes to the Sixers. First would be watching for a bounce-back performance from Tyrese Maxey, who had a rough game earlier this week in Detroit. His playmaking was fine for the most part, with nine dimes on one turnover, but he had a brutally inefficient night shooting with just nine points on 15.4 percent field goal shooting and 0-for-6 from distance. It didn’t really matter, of course, with Joel Embiid carrying the weight of the Sixers on his back with a 41-point, 11-rebound, five-assist performance in three quarters, but it would still be good to get Maxey get back on track Friday.
Another player to watch is Tobias Harris, who had a great game Wednesday after a string of unfortunate performances recently. Harris was extremely efficient in the midweek matchup, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc for 21 points. Harris’ production has been up and down this season to say the least, and it would be encouraging to see him string together a couple positive outings in a row again, even if it’s against lesser opponents.
No matter who specifically steps up for Philadelphia, there’s really no excuse for the Sixers to not come away Friday night with a W against the league’s worst team facing the prospect of a 22nd consecutive loss. In fact, anything short of a beatdown allowing the Sixers’ starters to rest in the fourth would be somewhat of a disappointment. That rest could be critical, with the Sixers hitting the road after the game to play the second leg of a back-to-back on Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Sixers post a clean injury report while the Pistons will be without Jalen Duren (left ankle sprain), Monte Morris (right quad strain) and Marvin Bagley III (right lower back sprain). The three were also out for Wednesday’s contest, so no changes there.
The Sixers and Pistons tip off in South Philadelphia at 7 p.m. ET.
Who: Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic