NBA Lock of the Week: Cleveland Cavs vs Philadelphia 76ers

Friday night in the NBA gives us a big game between Eastern Conference foes. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road in Philadelphia. The three-time Eastern Conference Champions are 47-30 coming into the week, which is third in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers have won 9 of their last 11 games.

Philadelphia, actually has is on a 10-game tear and own a 46-30 record. With just six games to go, the 76ers are seven games behind Boston and one game ahead of the fifth seeded Indiana Pacers.  The Sixers are at home vs Cleveland, where they have won 26 of 37 games this season.

The bad news for Philadelphia is that they'll be without top scorer, Joel Embiid again. Without EMbiied, the 76ers are coming off a road win vs Charlotte, where they scored 119 points. They've also managed to score 100+ points in 10 straight games,

Embiid is scoring nearly 23 points per game and grabbing more than 10 rebounds per game. With Embiid out, Ben Simmons has taken over for the 76ers. Simmons leads the team with 8.1 assists per game, and is making nearly 54% of his shots. The 76ers saw Simmons score 20 points and dish 15 assists in the recent win over Charlotte.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been very strong on the road. The Cavaliers have won just 20 of 39 away from Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland is in first place in the Central Division, but just a single game ahead of the Indiana Pacers. The back-to-back wins for the Cavaliers came on the road at Charlotte, and then at home over New Orleans.

The Cavaliers are of course getting great production from LeBron James. The All Star is scoring nearly 28 points per game, and dishing out 9.1 assists per game. Cleveland needs to finish the regular season with 5 wins in their final 6 games to match their win total of a season ago.

This should be a pretty good basketball game between two postseason teams in the Eastern Conference. There is a chance these two teams could meet in the playoffs as well. Look for the 76ers to continue playing solid basketball led by Ben Simmons. Look for the Philadelphia 76ers to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers when they get together on Friday.