It is a battle of teams looking to establish themselves early on in the NBA as the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Philadelphia is coming off a 113-107 victory over the Washington Wizards to open the season, while Cleveland defeated Charlotte in their opener, 121-114. The Cavaliers have a game on Saturday night as well.
Philadelphia enters as a six-point favorite in this contest. Cleveland defeated Philadelphia in February, 108-94. That snapped a five-game winning streak by the 76ers against the Cavaliers. Philadelphia has won seven of the last 10.
Embiid Leads 76ers to Season-Opening Victory
It was only fitting on the night that Joel Embiid scored 29 points, that he would put in the go-ahead basket with 1:09 left as Philadelphia opened the season with a 113-107 victory. Embiid added 14 boards, including 12 on the defensive end to lead the way. The center hit on 10 of 17 of his shots and was eight of nine from the line.
Shake Milton also had a big game off the bench, chipping in 19. He was 6-11 from field goal range and hit on two of four three-pointers. Ben Simmons added 16.
It was a nice victory overall, as the team shot 47.1% from the field. However, they hit 28.6% from beyond the arc. What must be concerning for the coaching staff is that the starting five was just two of 14 from three-point range.
Hot Shooting Spurs Cavs Past Hornets
The Cleveland Cavaliers shot 52.9% from the field, including hitting on 46.7% of their three-point attempts as they defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 121-114. Cleveland dominated the boards as well, grabbing 57 to 41 for the Hornets.
Collin Sexton led the way with 27-points. Darius Garland chipped in 22 as the entire starting five scored in double-digits. Cedi Osman (11) and Javale McGee (13) each came off the bench to score in double-digits as well.
The 121-points scored puts Cleveland seventh in the NBA in scoring. They are fourth in field goal shooting and first in assists per game at 34. The 52.9% field goal percentage is third overall.
The Cavaliers play on Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons, giving them back-to-back games in the first weekend of the season.