Embiid continues to show 76ers are different team with center in lineup


Both players had a game-high 26 points in a mouth-watering display by the two likely 2020 Tokyo Olympians, with Boomers veteran Mills coming off the Spurs bench to register a season high on Wednesday. The Sixers (17-19) are 2-7 in games he has missed this season, though they beat the Denver Nuggets without him Saturday night. He has averaged 11.2 points while shooting 43.6 percent from three-point range.

Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers expect Embiid to encounter bumps and bruises because of his style of play.

The San Antonio Spurs look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games.

Embiid (hand) will be sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. As for whether Embiid will be good enough to go for Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons, only time will tell, but obviously Philadelphia would love to see him suit up if possible since his performance against San Antonio continues to show how much of a difference this team is when he's healthy enough to be in the lineup. He grabbed a rebound and had a putback basket for the first score of the game and had six points and six rebounds in the first quarter. The veteran French point guard has averaged 14.6 points and 6.0 assists in 30 career games versus the 76ers.

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There are no betting lines established for this game due to Embiid's status as doubtful and because Leonard is unlikely to play on back-to-back nights.

Mills knocked down a deep 3-pointer for a 101-100 San Antonio advantage with 2:46 remaining, its first lead since 4-2. The Spurs are 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Philadelphia, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Spurs' 12-game winning streak over Philadelphia dates back to the Sixers' 77-71 victory on February 11, 2011. The Sixers also broke a five-game home losing skid.

The game will be televised locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia and Fox Sports Southwest.