A pair of Eastern Conference teams take the floor on the shores of Lake Erie. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they travel to face the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon. Philadelphia comes in off a 127-119 overtime road loss to Oklahoma City Friday night in their last contest. Cleveland comes in off a 108-97 home loss to Miami in their previous contest Thursday night. The 76ers own a 107-103 edge in the all-time regular-season series and have won the last three meetings between the teams. That includes a 98-97 home win in the first matchup this season on November 12.
Philadelphia 76ers Trying to Reverse Recent StrugglesPhiladelphia went to overtime against the Thunder on the road but still suffered their fifth loss in their last seven games. The 76ers entered Saturday third in the Atlantic Division, 3.5 games behind the Celtics in the standings. Philadelphia led by five after the opening quarter, trailed by five at the half and led by three after three quarters before ending up in overtime. In the extra session, the 76ers trailed by one before giving up a 9-0 run that sealed the contest. Philadelphia shot an even 50 percent from the field, including 14 of 32 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 43-36. The 76ers were done in by free throws: Oklahoma City hit 35 of 41 attempts while Philadelphia was 15 of 22. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 31 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
The 76ers are 18th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 109.4 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is tied for sixth by collecting 47.1 rebounds per contest while the team is tied for seventh by dishing out 25.6 assists per game. The 76ers are 11th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 107.7 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 24 points, 12.4 rebounds and three assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 16.8 points plus 8.2 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.4 steals a night while Al Horford (15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (15.3 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is tied for 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.5 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are 20th in the league as they splash 10.4 triples a night while ranking tied for 17th by shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc on the year.
Cleveland Cavaliers Look to Even Season SeriesCleveland suffered their second straight defeat and their fifth in seven games as they were unable to turn down the Heat at home Thursday night. The Cavaliers entered Saturday third in the Central Division, four games behind the Bucks. Cleveland dug a big hole in this one early as they trailed by 12 after the opening quarter and by 24 at the half. The Cavaliers attempted to rally but got no closer than 10 in the second half of the contest. Cleveland shot 42.4 percent from the field, including eight of 32 from three-point range, and was hurt by allowing the Heat to hit 54.4 percent from the floor. Kevin Love finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers are 25th in the league in scoring this season with 105.3 points per game. Cleveland is 18th in rebounding with 45.5 caroms a night while the team stands 28th with 20.2 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are slightly above average defensively, ranking 10th in scoring defense by allowing 107.1 points per game. Kevin Love leads the team with 18.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest this year. Collin Sexton (18.4 points), Tristan Thompson (15.2 points, 10.6 rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson (14.7 points) are scoring in double figures on the year. Larry Nance Jr. (9.5 points, seven rebounds), Cedi Osman, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. all have to step up on the offensive end of the floor. Cleveland is 9th in the league by shooting 46.8 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are tied for 17th in the league in made threes with 10.1 triples a night while ranking tied for 20th in three-point shooting by shooting 31.8 percent from downtown.
The top trends for this game according to Covers.com:
- 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference teams
- Cavaliers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Division teams
- Cavaliers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days of rest