Joel Embiid Doesn't Practice

Joel Embiid Doesn't Practice

Joel Embiid shook off a sprained right hand that almost kept him out of the lineup to score 21 points, grab 11 rebounds and lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Forward Stanley Johnson (strained hip flexor) missed the past two games and didn't practice Thursday, making him questionable for tonight.

Coach Brett Brown had all but ruled out Embiid before the game.

San Antonio are seeking back-to-back road wins for just the second time this season, having done so November 25 and December 1, and are 5-3 playing on the back end of games on back-to-back nights. Leonard scored 25 points in his first action of the season in a 100-91 win at NY on Tuesday. He has made it quite clear that he isn't where he would like to be with his conditioning, which hasn't had a great impact on his play on the court as he's still playing at an elite level averaging 23.8 points and 10.9 rebounds with 2.0 blocks in 28 games played. The last eight of those victories have come with Brown, a former Spurs assistant, on the Philadelphia bench.

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"I don't remember scoring any points or getting any rebounds", Popovich, a five-time National Basketball Association champion, told reporters after Tuesday's game. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Simons tops in assists (7.6) and steals (1.9) per game.

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. They needed all 35 minutes from Embiid to knock off short-handed San Antonio.

The Spurs, though, have not fared well for bettors versus Philadelphia, failing to cover in four of the last five overall meetings and 12 of their last 17 trips to the City of Brotherly Love. It is the most he has done since he was shut down four games into the season because of a shoulder injury. Tip-off time is 7 pm EST.

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