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Philadelphia 76ers Odds
The streaking Philadelphia 76ers will shoot for their fourth straight victory as they face the Portland Trail Blazers near Orlando. Two-time All-Star Ben Simmons remains out indefinitely with a subluxation of his left kneecap and likely is lost for the season as surgery on his left knee looms, according to reports.
“It’s hard to replace Ben,” big man Al Horford said. “The way we look at it is we just have to step up more.” Philadelphia (42-27) did just that Friday in its first game without Simmons.
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Horford each had at least 21 points and nine rebounds in a 108-101 win against Orlando, becoming the first Sixers trio to accomplish that feat since November 1988.
Portland Trail Blazers Odds
Aiming to assure a play-in for the final Western Conference playoff berth with a win, the Portland Trail Blazers will go for their third victory in four games when they meet the Philadelphia 76ers near Orlando.
The Blazers (32-39) had their second-lowest scoring output in five seeding games in Saturday’s 122-117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Guard CJ McCollum scored a game-high 29 points against the Clippers, his highest total since a 33-point effort in the July 31 restart opener.
Guard Damian Lillard shot just 2-for-10 from 3-point range Saturday after drilling a career-high-tying 11 treys Thursday. Center Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) did not play against Los Angeles.