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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Preview and Predictions 12-07-2019


The Philadelphia 76ers strive to bounce back from a disappointing setback when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday in the opener of a three-game homestand. Philadelphia has won eight of its past 10 games but one of the blemishes was Thursday's 119-113 road loss to the Washington Wizards.

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The 76ers are 10-0 at home but just 5-7 on the road and the loss to the Wizards included 21 turnovers with center Joel Embiid committing eight and point guard Ben Simmons registering seven. Forward Tobias Harris, who scored a season-best 33 points, described the team's performance as "terrible" while coach Brett Brown said in part, "I didn't think we responded well at all." Cleveland suffered its fifth straight loss and 11th in 12 games when it dropped a 93-87 decision to the visiting Orlando Magic on Friday. Power forward Kevin Love (illness) missed the contest and the Cavaliers are hopeful he will be able to play Saturday.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Ohio (Cleveland), NBCS Philadelphia

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (5-16): John Beilein's style apparently isn't going over well with all the Cleveland players as The Athletic reported that the methods of the former college coach aren't working and players are tuning him out. "We've met with (the team) and it's like, 'Coach, keep doing what you're doing because we really need this. We need accountability, we need to play harder, stronger, tougher. Don't stop what you're doing,'" Beilein told reporters. "We were the worst defensive team in the NBA last year. What do we do, practice less? I have a lot of confidence the guys in the locker room are on board, and they've told me that." Power forward Larry Nance Jr. made it clear he's not among the disgruntled players and said he is enjoying playing for the former Michigan coach.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (15-7): Embiid scored 26 points and collected a season-best 21 rebounds against the Wizards but suffered a bruised left hip and will sit out Saturday. Embiid also might miss Sunday's game against Toronto and he had a porous game against the Raptors on Nov. 25 when he missed all 11 of his field-goal attempts and his three free throws while going scoreless in a 101-96 road loss. Simmons made 8-of-10 shots against Washington while recording 17 points and 10 assists for his second double-double in three games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The 76ers are 2-0 against the Cavaliers this season and have won the past four meetings.

2. Cleveland backup SG Jordan Clarkson is just 13-of-41 from the field over the past four contests.

3. Philadelphia SG Josh Richardson (hamstring) will miss his fifth straight game.

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Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Last Injuries

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Josh Richardson

    Hamstring
    Mid Feb | out

    Richardson is likely to miss two to three weeks due to a left hamstring strain.

  • Joel Embiid

    Hand
    Early Feb | out

    Embiid sustained a torn radial collateral ligament in his left hand and had surgery. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the beginning of February.

  • Al Horford

    Hand
    Prob Mon | probable

    Horford has a left hand sprain, but he is expected to play Monday versus the Nets.

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Ante Zizic

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | out

    Zizic is suffering from a vestibular condition. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Brandon Knight

    Knee
    Out Sat | out

    Knight has missed the past four games due to a sore left knee, and he will not return to the court Saturday against the Bulls.

  • John Henson

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Henson has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with lower-back soreness, but he is likely to be available versus the Wizards on Thursday.

  • Dante Exum

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Exum has a sprained right ankle, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup against the Bulls on Saturday.

  • Dylan Windler

    Shin
    out for season | out

    Windler is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season after surgery to repair a left tibial stress reaction.

  • Kevin Love

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Love is not expected to play against the Clippers on Tuesday as he will be given the night to rest.

  • Larry Nance Jr.

    Knee
    Prob Tues | probable

    Nance Jr. has been sidelined due to left knee soreness, but is expected to make his return against the Clippers on Tuesday.

  • Dante Exum

    Illness
    Prob Mon | probable

    Exum has missed the previous three games due to an illness, but it is likely that he will return to the lineup Monday against the Lakers.