There are at all times massive matchups on the NBA calendar that everyone circles. Each workforce will get up and will get prepared for the massive matchups on their schedule and for the Philadelphia 76ers, their first actual massive one is LeBron James and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
The Sixers are coming off a really disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday the place they didn’t play effectively on both finish of the ground whereas lacking Joel Embiid. They are going to be seeking to return residence and get again on the precise path as they now have a brand new alternative to get higher.
“We’ll be prepared when the time comes,” mentioned coach Doc Rivers. “They acquired LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Trezz (Montrezl Harrell), they acquired a variety of gamers. I believed they’d most likely the perfect summer season of anybody, and so they’re higher than final yr. That doesn’t imply they’re gonna win. It doesn’t imply they’re gonna win it, however they’re higher than final yr.”
Embiid is anticipated to return to the ground on Wednesday as he was not listed on the harm report on Tuesday, however he does have a troublesome matchup with Marc Gasol arising.
Gasol has a historical past of locking up Embiid up to now. The large fella is averaging 27.7 factors on the season and is constructing an early MVP candidacy, he’s averaging solely 10.6 factors in eight regular-season matchups with Gasol and he went scoreless in a sport in opposition to him on 0-for-11 taking pictures when he performed for the Toronto Raptors within the 2019-20 season.
If one desires to get much more particular, Gasol held Embiid to 1-for-7 taking pictures of their two matchups within the 2017-18 season when Gasol was nonetheless with the Memphis Grizzlies per NBA Stats. Gasol then held him to 5-for-13 taking pictures in the 2018-19 season and Embiid then shot simply 1-for-16 in opposition to him within the 2019-20 season.
Joel Embiid averages 10.6 factors within the eight common season matchups he’s had with Marc Gasol in his profession. He went scoreless in a sport in opposition to Gasol final season. That will probably be an fascinating matchup tomorrow. #Sixers
— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) January 26, 2021
It is going to be a take a look at for Embiid to get it achieved, however it should even be a take a look at for a younger participant like Tyrese Maxey who is part of Klutch Sports activities with James and Anthony Davis.
“It’s at all times good to play, they’re the champs proper now,” Maxey mentioned. “Till any person knocks them off, they’re the reigning champs. It’ll be a very good take a look at. Attempt to get us a W.”
Tipoff from Wells Fargo Middle is ready for 7:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday.