Game Preview: Sixers at Spurs
After a four-game home stay resulting in a 3-1 record, the 76ers begin a three-game road trip tonight. Starting with a quick visit to San Antonio, Texas to take on the Spurs.
Philadelphia comes in with a 33-17 overall record and are 13-9 on the road after sweeping a five-game roadie out West last month. San Antonio comes into tonight’s game with a 13-38 record, 9-20 at the AT&T Center. These two teams faced off very early in the season in Philadelphia at The Center. The Spurs surprised the 76ers with a 114-105 victory. Snapping a six-game losing streak to the Sixers.
Joel Embiid led all in scoring and rebounding with game-highs of 40 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Embiid shot 14 for 25 from the field and converted 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. Tyrese Maxey finished second with 25, including knocking down three from long distance and 6 for 9 from the charity stripe, adding six assists. Tobias Harris finished with 15 and James Harden had a bit of an off night for him — 12 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds. Six players scored in double-figures led by Devin Vassell’s 22, Keldon Johnson added 21 and eight boards, 17 for Tre Jones, and a double-double for Jakob Poeltl of 13 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio shot 48 percent from the floor and 42 percent from three, a plus-six over Philadelphia from three. The Sixers will look to split the season series with a win tonight.
Keys to the Game:
- .Jump on this team early as they did against the Detroit Pistons, but make sure to keep the lead instead of allowing the opponent back into the game.
- As always, keep the turnovers to a minimum and they should be in good shape. The Spurs want to get out and run so limit their chances.
- Speaking of pace, the 76ers should be able to pick up the pace. Not just off their turnovers, but also off SA misses.
PHI: Embiid, Harris, P.J. Tucker, De’Anthony Melton and Harden
SAS: Poeltl, Jeremy Sochan, Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop and Jones