The Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers are set to get together in the NBA Play-In Tournament on Tuesday. The Cavaliers come into the game as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is 7-6 on the season, but coming into the game on a three game winning streak. The Cavaliers smoked the Nuggets at home on Sunday.
For the Philadelphia 76ers, they are 10-3 coming into the game. The 76ers are 2nd in the Eastern Conference, and seeking to win their third straight game. Philadelphia is coming off a 22 point win at home over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game as the favorites. Philadelphia is listed at -7.5 over Cleveland in this battle on Tuesday.
Red Hot 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game as winners of 8 out of their last 10 games, and are 6-2 at home. The 76ers seem to get better each night out, with an impressive win over the Nets that saw them balanced, and played good defense. Joel Embiid was the man in that game with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists in the game.
The big man from Kansas is leading the 76ers in scoring, rebounds and assists. Embiid is playing more than 34 minutes per game, scoring 31.9 points, ripping down 11.2 rebounds, and dishing out 6.2 assists. Tyrese Maxey is second on the team with 26.8 points per game, while Tobias Harris is scoring just under 20 points per game.
The 76ers will play four out of their next five on the road. The 76ers are at the Timberwolves and Thunder, before coming home to take on the Lakers. Then, they will head to New Orleans and Boston before a little break in the schedule.
Cleveland Knows They Can Compete
The Cleveland Cavaliers know they can compete, not only in this game, but in the Eastern Conference race. Cleveland has the skills, and the depth to be one of the top teams in the East. Darius Garland led the Cavaliers with 26 points, while Craig Porter Jr scored his career high 21 in the win over Denver.
Donovan Mitchell leads Cleveland in scoring with just shy of 30 points per game. Garland, who was in and out of the lineup with injuries early in the season is scoring just shy of 20 points per game, and dishing out 5.8 assists. Big man Evan Mobley is adding 16.6 per game, and making nearly 56% of his shots.
The Cavaliers are at home for their next five games to finish the month of November. They will take on the Heat, Lakers, Raptors, Hawks and Trail Blazers. Following that, the Cavaliers go on the road for four games.
Cleveland and Philadelphia Instant Classic
We expect this to be a great basketball game. Cleveland is playing too well to get blown out, and the 76ers are too good to lose at home. Cleveland covers, but the 76ers win a tight one. Take the Cleveland Cavaliers +7.5 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
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