The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to stay in rhythm, and they’re in good shape as they’ll be in front of their home crowd. Can they get back at the Memphis Grizzlies, or will Ja Morant and his crew steal another win?
Catch the game tomorrow, at 8:30 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Philadelphia 76ers (38-19, 23-8 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- James Harden
- Tyrese Maxey
- Tobias Harris
- PJ Tucker
- Joel Embiid
The Sixers went to the All-Star break as one of the hottest teams in the league. They are 13-3 in their last 16 games, boasting an average of 116 points per game on a +4.3 net rating in that span.
Such a stretch along with a long break is just what they need as they aim to split the season series with the Grizzlies, who dropped them last December 3rd, 117-109. It was despite Joel Embiid’s 35 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists, and a double-double of 21 points and 11 boards from Tobias Harris.
However, it should be noted that second and third scorers James Harden (21.4 PPG, 10.8 APG) and Tyrese Maxey (19.8) were both out. The two will suit up tomorrow and should be able to provide a lift. We may see Harden play with vengeance too, given how he was snubbed in the All-Star selection.
The Sixers are one of the best home teams this season. They are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games in Philly.
AWAY: Memphis Grizzlies (35-22, 11-17 AWAY)
- Ja Morant
- Desmond Bane
- Dillon Brooks
- Brandon Clarke
- Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Grizzlies are still trying to find their footing since the Shannon Sharpe incident. They were on an 11-game winning streak prior to that and have only gone 4-9 since. Tomorrow should be a good test as they are actually 3-1 in their last four, with the lone defeat coming from the league-leading Boston Celtics.
All-Stars Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies in the aforementioned win over the Sixers. The former had 28 points, albeit a rough 10-for-28 shooting, while the latter had an all-around performance of 22 points, nine boards, and four blocks. Number two scorer Desmond Bane (21.5 PPG), meanwhile, who was absent in that W, is expected to be available tomorrow.
Starting center Steven Adams is still out with a knee injury, which will mean that the Memphis bigs have its hands full on Embiid, particularly Jackson Jr. It’ll be a good time to further strengthen his case as Defensive Player of the Year.
Memphis is 1-6 in its last seven games on the road.
Handicap: The Sixers (-4) continue their hot run and cover the spread.
Over/Under: Since it’s two defensive teams, the under (228.5) looks good