Hot Detroit Pistons host hotter Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons, 4-4-2018 - Expert Prediction

Philadelphia entered Tuesday's action fourth in the Eastern Conference, nine games behind the Raptors for the top spot in the conference and the Atlantic Division races.

Philadelphia 76ers' Markelle Fultz drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' DeMarre Carroll.

Detroit's waning motivation - The Pistons deserve credit for their sustained late push for the playoffs, but with it becoming increasingly clear with every passing game that it will be in vain, their players will surely drop off a little in the remaining five matches.

The win marked the Sixers' 11th in a row, giving the club its longest winning streak since a 12-game surge that spanned parts of January and February in 1990. The Naismith Hall of Famer spent all 11 of his National Basketball Association seasons with the Sixers, from 1976-87, leading them to the 1982-83 championship. Their offense has taken off too, with their offensive rating sitting at 112.2 in the past 11 games, giving them an overall net rating of 16.1 during the win streak. Home court advantage will be very important for the Sixers, a team which has gone 27-13 from the Wells Fargo Center.

Sixers guard Ben Simmons seems to have the rookie of the year award nailed down. "When I come in, I feel like I'm in the position that's best for me, screen and rolls, running the offense, being a point guard".

Before Tuesday's game against visiting Brooklyn, Brown said it's "not so far away" that Embiid could pass through the NBA's concussion protocol, attempt free throws, and engage in light cardio workouts.

J.J. Redick, who owns a residence in DUMBO but made a decision to sign with the up-and-coming Sixers this past summer rather than the down-and-out Nets, scored a game-high 19 points for Philadelphia, which is in line to host a first-round playoff series later this month.

A first round match up against the Wizards (if the Sixers catch Cleveland for the three-seed) or Pacers (as the four or five seed) would present a challenge, as the squad has gone 3-4 in seven combined games against their two potential playoff opponents. Just having Simmons gives them just enough to slither their way into the second round. In the first, he went 8-for-11 from the floor for 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out ten assists.

In the last 0 games, the 76ers have gone 0-0 with an average point differential of NAN. Anthony Tolliver, who started for Griffin, contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the 76ers are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line.

"I remember my dad talking about him a lot growing up and I'm playing for the team he used to play for - a guy who pretty much built the team up".

Unwatchable for the last several years, they are really exciting, with at least three genuine stars and a bunch of terrific role players. This could get dicey for the Raptors if they aren't careful.

Before the game, Brown spoke at length about the balancing act he must play in utilizing Fultz.

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