Sixers-Magic preview: Ben Simmons-less Philly squad looks to avoid huge letdown
The Magic come to Philly with a seven-game losing streak.
Orlando Magic (8-11) at 76ers (10-7)
Saturday at 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center
This might be the perfect game for 76ers point guard Ben Simmons to sit out with swelling in his left elbow. The Magic extended their losing streak to seven straight games after Friday's 118-103 road setback to the Boston Celtics. The losing streak ties them with the Memphis Grizzlies for the league's current longest skid. Orlando has been outscored by an average of 14.5 points during the streak. On Friday, they surrendered 40 first-quarter points and 73 in the first half.
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TV and streaming: NBC Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 FM
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10 Evan Fournier SF 6-7 19.0 ppg 3.2 rpg.
00 Aaron Gordon PF 6-9 18.0 ppg. 8.1 rpg.
9 Nik Vucevic C 7-0 16.9 ppg. 7.8 rpg.
31 Terrence Ross SG 6-7 9.7 ppg. 3.4 rpg.
2 Elfrid Payton G 6-4 8.2 ppg. 7.1 apg.
Coach: Frank Vogel (8th season, 287-245)
Injury report: Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle, out)
33 Robert Covington SF 6-9 16.1 ppg. 1.71 spg
9 Dario Saric PF 6-10 9.6 ppg. 5.8 rpg.
21 Joel EmbiidC 7-2 22.7 ppg. 11.0 rpg.
17 JJ Redick SG 6-4 15.2 ppg. 3.7 apg.
12 T.J, McConnell PG 6-2 6.5 ppg. 5.3 apg.
Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 85-260)
Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Justin Anderson (left shin splints, out); Nik Stauskas (sprained right ankle, out); Ben Simmons (swollen left elbow, out), Joel Embiid (cold, probable).
Head to head
The Magic have a 75-33 series advantage. They won three of last season's four meetings.
Monday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Sixers
Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Washington Wizards vs. Sixers
Thursday: 7:30 p.m., at TD Garden, Sixers vs. Boston Celtics
Dec. 2: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Detroit Pistons vs. Sixers
Dec. 4: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Phoenix Suns vs. Sixers