Can the Sixers stay hot against the lowly Pistons?

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 13: Indiana Pacers Center Al Jefferson (25) reaches in to tip the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid (21) in the second half during the game between the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers on March 13, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia 76ers take on the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena 7:00PM in a rematch from last week.

The Sixers won the first matchup 110-102 with Joel Embiid scoring 30 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. This was a game that the Sixers should have controlled easily but Pistons out hustled the Sixers to stay in the game until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Saddiq Bey led the way for the Pistons with 19 points.

The Sixers are coming into this game on a four game win streak, taking care of business during their homestand. On the other hand, the Pistons come into this matchup losing three out of the last four games. Take a look at some things to watch for during tonight’s matchup:

#1 Overall Draft Pick

Cade Cunningham made his NBA debut last saturday against the Orlando Magic after being out due to injury since the preseason. Cunningham has only played in two games this season and averaged only 4 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Cunningham missed the first matchup with the Sixers and it will be interesting to see how Doc Rivers gameplans to defend him.

Ball Movement

The Sixers’ ball movement has been tremendous these last few games as they have dealt with injuries/issues with the starting lineup. They are averaging just over 27 assists per game over the last few ball games. Everyone on the team is feeling the love and making the extra passes. If they continue to spread the ball around, especially tonight, the Sixers can count on Detroit to give up plenty of open looks.

Third Scorer

With Joel Embiid back in the lineup, and Tobias Harris (Health and Safety Protocols) and Danny Green (Left Hamstring) out, the Sixers need a consistent third scorer. Seth has been incredible to start the season but the Sixers need to get some consistent help to support Curry and Embiid. Lately it has been Georges Niang, but you can’t count on him to be great every night. Who will step up tonight as the third scorer? Will it be Furkan Korkmaz, Georges Niang, or Tyrese Maxey?

You can catch tonights action at 7:00PM on NBCSP and NBA League Pass and you can bet on the Sixers covering the spread (-5.5).

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire