With 10 regular-season games to go, the 41-21 Philadelphia 76ers trail the Eastern Conference-leading Brooklyn Nets by 1.5 games and lead the third-place Milwaukee Bucks by three games. They’ll face the 34-29 Atlanta Hawks Friday night.
Here’s what to watch:
Should be another blowout
The Sixers have won their last two games by a combined 75 points. They’ll again have an advantage over Atlanta.
As of Tuesday night, there were no Sixers on the NBA’s official injury report. Meanwhile, Kevin Huerter (left shoulder sprain), De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness), and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) are still out. Trae Young is questionable with a left ankle sprain and Tony Snell is probable with a right ankle sprain. Clint Capela and Bogdan Bogdanovic also have injuries and are questionable.
Entering Friday’s games, the Sixers rank third in non-garbage time defensive rating (108.1), according to Cleaning the Glass. The team’s six most-used lineups this season all rate above average defensively.
The Hawks’ 83 points Wednesday night were the fewest by a Sixers opponent since February 2, 2018, when the New Orleans Pelicans scored 82.
Can Harris have a 50-40-90 season?
Tobias Harris continues to have a real chance to join current and future Hall of Fame players like Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, and Kevin Durant in the 50-40-90 club.
He’s averaged 20.0 points on 51.8% shooting from the floor, 40.6% from three-point range, and 89.0% from the foul line. If Harris makes his next 19 free throws, he’d be at exactly 90.0%. It’s definitely not an impossible idea.
When: 7:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Where: Wells Fargo Cneter
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic