Sixers head to the Huge Apple to deal with the Knicks
12-26. That was the Sixers’ record far from home last regular season. A group that was relatively unequalled in front of the critical masses of the Wells Fargo Center liquified into a discombobulated mass of goo after the group’s overnight bags had been packed. With a brand-new training staff and a reconstructed roster, tonight is the 1-0 Sixers’ very first test to determine whether their roadway difficulties are behind them.
Philadelphia could not have requested for a better runway to reduce into their roadway campaign than tonight’s challenger, the New York Knicks, one of the couple of groups in the league that appear like a surefire bet for the lottery. However, although the Knicks lost their opener to Indiana, 121-107, they need to be encouraged by what they saw from 2019 first-round pick RJ Barrett. The former 3rd overall choice went off for 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting, eight rebounds, and 5 assists Wednesday night. The Knicks are on their umpteenth year of their reconstruct, and the very best possible outcome for this season would be Barrett fulfilling his blue-chip potential.
Meanwhile, New york city might be without their latest first-round pick, Obi Toppin, who is doubtful with a calf injury suffered against Indiana. However, Philadelphia will see a couple familiar faces on the opposing sideline. Previous Sixers Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel both signed one-year handle New York this previous offseason. Burks shined with 22 points in 32 minutes in his Knicks debut, while Nerlens tallied two points and three rebounds backing up Mitchell Robinson.
Coming off an uneven efficiency in their opening win over Washington, the Sixers will want to prevent things like … going the first 6 minutes of the 3rd quarter without scoring. Seriously, however, Joel Embiid should fare rather well against Robinson, who acquire substantial block overalls, but balanced 4.9 fouls per 36 minutes last season. Among the most foul-prone defenders versus one of the very best gamers in the league at drawing fouls is a dish for success from the Sixers’ point of view. Any Embiid vs. Noel minutes should make for terrific fun in between those excellent pals.
Philadelphia will also hope Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey develop upon their success in their very first outings within their new roles, Shake as the newly-minted sixth guy and Maxey as a qualified rotation member in his novice year. The main location for improvement would be $36 million male Tobias Harris, who shot just 3-of-13 from the field and normally looked out-of-sorts against the Wizards. If Tobias’ revival under previous coach Doc Rivers’ tutelage was to happen, a game against the Knicks would be a logical starting point.
Ultimately, who requires a nationally-televised game on Christmas Day when you could play a day later on NBA TV versus the Knicks?
Injuries: New York: Obi Toppin – calf (uncertain); Immanuel Quickley – hip pointer (doubtful); Omari Spellman – knee (out); Austin Rivers – groin (out).
Philadelphia: None (What is this unusual new world?).