Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
Sparked by the recent return of center Joel Embiid from a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand, the Philadelphia 76ers are set to begin a four-game road trip with a Thursday visit to the Atlanta Hawks. In his first action since Jan. 6, Embiid scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Tuesday as Philadelphia defeated Golden State 115-104 for its second straight victory and sixth win in seven games.
Embiid played with a splint on his left hand. The 76ers are just 9-15 away from Wells Fargo Center but have won two of their past three road games. Philadelphia shot 51.2 percent from the floor against the Warriors and is 14-2 when its shooting percentage is at least 50 percent.
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks are banged up entering their Thursday home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Guard DeAndre’ Bembry (right hand neuritis) missed his fourth straight contest in Tuesday as Atlanta lost 130-114 at Toronto. Bembry and forward Bruno Fernando (injured left calf), who also sat out the Raptors game, are doubtful to face Philadelphia. Center Alex Len (strained right hip flexor) will miss a third straight game Thursday.
One player who did see action Tuesday, veteran Vince Carter, moved into a third-place tie with Dirk Nowitzki on the NBA’s all-time games list, appearing for the 1,522nd time in his career. All-Star guard Trae Young, registered his team-high 17th double-double of the season against Toronto with 18 points and 13 assists.