San Antonio Spurs vs Philadelphia 76ers Date and Time: Sunday, March 15, 2021 6:30 AM Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA. Prediction: San Antonio Spurs Bookmaker: 1xbet
2020-2021 NBA title contenders Philadelphia 76ers take on the San Antonio Spurs this Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers were comfortable winners in their previous meeting about the San Antonio Spurs this season. In their last outing, the Philadelphia 76ers saw MVP contender Joel Embiid return to the starting 5 and starring with a 23-point performance. However, Embiid and Ben Simmons are expected to sit out this game, with the latter not having played since the All-Star weekend. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, have had a decent season thus far, coming out winners against the Orlando Magic in their last game. However, they have a rather unsettled lineup, with LaMarcus Aldridge expected to leave in the coming weeks. DeMar DeRozan sat out their last game but is expected to return to the lineup for this match.
The San Antonio Spurs are seventh in the Western Conference with a 19-15 season record. They have mostly relied on the scoring prowess of DeMar DeRozan and Dejounte Murray this campaign. Rudy Gay has been in top form and has produced some key points in recent games, too. However, LaMarcus Aldridge’s continued absence means they have struggled offensively in recent games. DeRozan is expected to return to the lineup, while Trey Lyles’ improved form means they have plenty of reason for optimism for the second half of the season.
Matisse Thybulle is set to continue in the starting lineup in the absence of Ben Simmons. However, the Philadelphia 76ers have a huge task in hand, considering Joel Embiid is expected to sit out owing to an injury sustained last game. Tobias Harris has emerged as their second-most prolific scorer of the season, with Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz impressing off the bench in recent games. The latter has produced more than 15 points in three of his last four matches, which has helped the Philadelphia 76ers cope with missing players due to injury.
The San Antonio Spurs will have a huge task on hand to stop the Philadelphia 76ers, who will likely be without Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The improved form of the 76ers bench players and the 3-point threat of Seth Curry could make life difficult for the San Antonio Spurs, who will, nevertheless, go into the game as the marginal favorites.