With the injuries the Philadelphia 76ers (12-9) have sustained to key players, it has put their bench in a challenging position, which has now exceeded expectations. They will start a three-game trip facing the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-8), who have been inconsistent and are in the middle of a shooting slump.
In the 76ers’ last outing, Joel Embiid returned from a four-game absence, and the team won their third straight, beating the Atlanta Hawks 104-101. It was another bad shooting night for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Toronto Raptors 100-88, making 18% of their 3-point attempts.
76ers May Have a Solid Bench
James Harden and Tyrese Maxey have been out with injuries, which could keep them off the court for an extended period. Embiid is known for his inability to stay on the court, already having missed eight games. The 76ers need to have a solid bench to stay on track when their stars are out, and it seems like they have that.
Before the season, there were questions about the 76ers’ bench, but these last four games with Embiid out has provided answers. Tobias Harris moving up the offensive pecking order may have helped him gain confidence as he is averaging 23 points per game over the last five.
Other players have stepped up in Embiid’s absence, from Shake Milton, averaging 24 points, to Paul Reed averaging nearly a double-double. Also, De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell, and Georges Niang have all had standout games.
Now that Embiid is back, the hope is that the role players can keep this level of play. Against the Hawks, Embiid had 30 points, dominating the final minutes of a close game, but was tied for a team-high seven assists. Harris and Milton combined for 45 points, and Reed added 10 rebounds.
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Cavaliers’ Recent Poor Shooting
This season the Cavaliers have had an eight- and four-game win streak. but also lost five straight. The team has been pretty erratic, which could be due to it being young, injecting a new All-Star into the team over the offseason, and struggling with injuries.
Now going 1-2 over the last three games, the shooting has been a new issue. Offensively, the Cavaliers have been solid, averaging 112.9 points per game, with the seventh-best offensive rating. However, this is the first time they have not scored more than 105 points in three straight games this season.
During this stretch, they have played two of the best defensive teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Raptors, but still could only muster 102 points against the Detroit Pistons. Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland have been bad from behind the arc of late despite both averaging better than 40%.
It does not help that Kevin Love has only played in one of the last six games. He is third in 3-point makes. Caris LeVert returned against the Hawks after sitting out four games.
76ers vs Cavaliers Game Injuries
76ers vs Cavaliers Head-to-Head
This will be the first game in 2022-23 between the 76ers against the Cavaliers, as they have won five straight, including all four last season.
76ers vs Cavaliers Game Information
- Game: 76ers (12-9) vs Cavaliers (13-8)
- Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 7 p.m. ET
- 76ers vs Cavaliers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
76ers vs Cavaliers Betting Lines
76ers vs Cavaliers Picks & Prediction
Having Embiid back in the starting lineup is a game-changer for the 76ers. While the role players and bench have played well enough to keep the team on track, having that star to close out games is important. Embiid’s ability to not disrupt the momentum built up in his absence was crucial.
On the other hand, the Cavaliers seem to be in another slump, with injuries playing a role. That includes Jarrett Allen, who is day-to-day, and without him, the Cavaliers don’t have another option to slow down Embiid.
Philadelphia is listed at +145 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the 76ers, you have a chance to win $145. Cleveland is -165, offering a chance to win $61 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Philadelphia a 40.82% chance to win, with the Cavaliers at 62.26%.