Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA April 1

76ers (32-15, 13-11) at Cavaliers (17-30, 11-12)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia | Bally Sports Ohio | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The 76ers end a six-game road trip after going 3-2 over the first five games while losing the last two. In the meantime, without Joel Embiid, the Sixers have fallen a half-game back of the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers have lost three in a row and nine of 12 as they are playing a lineups in trying to create chemistry and build confidence.

The Cavaliers have won three in a row in the series including a 112-109 overtime decision on Feb. 27. Joel Embiid had 42 points and 13 rebounds to lead Philadelphia while Collin Sexton had 28 points and Darius Garland netted 25 for the Cavaliers.

Key Injuries

  • Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (knee) OUT | George Hill (thumb) Day to Day
  • Cleveland CavaliersJarrett Allen (Concussion) OUT | Larry Nance (Illness) OUT | Dylan Windler (knee) Day to Day | Kevin Love (calf) Day to Day

76ers:

  • Philly is 9-3-1 ATS in his last 13 games
  • The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the Sixers’ last 5 games
  • The 76ers are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 games vs. Cleveland

Cavaliers:

  • The UNDER has also been the call in 4 of the Cavaliers’ last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 5 of the last 7 Sixers-Cavs games
  • Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in it’s last 8 games vs. Philadelphia

Last Time Out

The Nuggets led 68-45 at the half, but Philadelphia rolled back into the game behind its bench as Tyrese Maxey led Philadelphia with 13 fourth-quarter points. Tobias Harris had 12 points and Ben Simmons had 11 as Philly lost its second in a row on its current six-game road trip.

Utah ran its winning streak to six as the Jazz blew out the Cavaliers, 114-75, two nights ago in Salt Lake City. Collin Sexton scored 20 points and Darius Garland popped in 18 for the Cavs, who lost their last three on a four-game road trip.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
76ers -10 (-113) -530 O 213.5 (-110)
Cavaliers +10 (-107) +425 U 213.5 (-110)

Advantage, Philly

Philadelphia 76ers LogoPhiladelphia will be highly motivated to come out and make quick work of the Cavaliers because of falling half-game behind Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference. Losses to the Clippers and Nuggets derailed the 76ers as they are starting to miss Embiid more and more every evening as they lower offense. Defensive breakdowns have been a reality as LA and Denver combined to shoot 50.5 percent against the 76ers as they both made 40.5 percent of their threes.

It’s their experience in the matchups that will propel Philly with Tobias Harris (20.7 ppg, 51.7%-FG) and Ben Simmons (15.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 7.8 apg) at the forefront until the return of Embiid.

Key 76ers Stat

Bench points are a big piece of the production for the 76ers in how far they may be able to go. They average 33 off the bench which is 23rd in the NBA as that number has been on the rise. Shake Milton, Tyrese Maxey and Furkan Korkmaz have all contributed recently. Milton (13.7 ppg, 3.7 apg) may still be the most accomplished sixth man in the league as he has seven games in a row now where he has been in double figures.

X-Factor

Dwight Howard has had presence in the middle with Embiid out. He plays 22 minutes and scored 10 points with seven rebounds and plays solid minutes in the middle where he recently posted 32 against Milwaukee.

Advantage, Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers LogoCollin Sexton and Darius Garland are the top two scorers on the team and their dribble-penetration skills are the reason Cleveland averages an Eastern Conference leading 53.1 points per game. Sexton is averaging 23.0 points per game on 19-of-42 shooting in his last two games as he returned from missing two due to injury. Garland is averaging 17.8 points over his last five games as he is a steady, consistent scorer besides Sexton, who leads Cleveland with 23.9 points per game on the season.

Key Spurs Stat:

Larry Nance, Jr., may be finally finding his groove after an injury-riddled season. He is averaging 16 points and 11 boards over his last three games. He has also made 48.7 percent of his shots on the season while averaging 10.1 points and 7.1 rebounds.

X-Factor:

The Cavs took 14 more shots from the floor and outrebounded the 76ers, 62-58, in the win at the end of February. With Embiid missing, the glass will be a huge storyline. The Cavaliers also average 13.9 turnovers per 100 possessions Philly scores 17.9 points off turnovers, 10th in the NBA.

Winner: Sixers 105, Cavaliers (+10) 98

The Bets
Cleveland Cavaliers +10
-107
Philadelphia 76ers
-530
UNDER 213.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.