Philadelphia 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers 12/9/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The PHILADELPHIA and the CLEVELAND will both be gunning for a victory on 12/9/2017 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

PHILADELPHIA vs CLEVELAND
When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, December 9, 2017
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
709 PHILADELPHIA -5 (-110) 218 (-110) 175
-210
710 CLEVELAND

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN Philadelphia, FSN Ohio (Cleveland)

LINE: -5
PREDICTION: Cavaliers 119, 76ers 105

Oddsmakers currently have the CLEVELAND listed as -5 point favorites versus the PHILADELPHIA, while the game’s total is sitting at 218.

CLEVELAND — At least the Cleveland Cavaliers have the good fortune of trying to start a new winning streak against a team that will be without its best player.

The Cavs lost to the Indiana Pacers 106-102 on Friday night to stop their winning streak at 13 games. A victory over the Pacers would have meant a team record for the longest winning streak.

Cleveland gets to play again Saturday when it hosts the Philadelphia 76ers. Star center Joel Embiid will not play for the Sixers, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, and will instead play against DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

The Cavs were once 5-7 and facing questions about their collective age and miss-fitting roster. All of those issues were purged by a winning streak that started Nov. 11. And it could have continued if not for an ice-cold fourth quarter against the Pacers in which the Cavaliers scored one point in the first 5:55 of the quarter.

“Listen, that was a good streak,” said LeBron James, who finished Friday’s loss with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. “We never talked about it, we just played each game, executed each game. Streaks are meant to be broken, obviously. We came in, we knew this was going to be a tough game for us, they’ve been playing extremely well at home. But we gave ourselves a chance. That’s all you can ask for.

“Best thing about this league is you always, most of the time you’ve got another one less than 24 hours. We definitely have that.”

The Cavs beat the Sixers 113-91 on Nov. 27 in Philadelphia. If there was a bright spot that night for the Sixers, it was Embiid. He scored 30 points to go with 11 rebounds, and was so disruptive that Kevin Love (who was guarding Embiid) said he apologized at the end of that game to James.

Otherwise, the Cavs smothered the Sixers in the first meeting, holding Philadelphia to .375 shooting. James posted 30 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.

The Sixers will still have young star power against the Cavs in the form of Ben Simmons. He registered his third triple-double of his rookie season Thursday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers (12 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists) and became just the third rookie in NBA history to have three triple-doubles in his first 23 games (Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson).

Simmons, who is 6 feet 10, is sometimes compared with James, who is 6-8 and is represented by the same agent (Rich Paul.)

“It’s not about me vs. Ben,” James said Nov. 27. “It’s about the Cavs vs. the 76ers and we want to continue to play good ball.”

The same is true now, as the Cavs look to start another streak.

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 13-11 L2 7-6 6-5 0-1 13-10 0-3 6-5
Cleveland 18-8 L1 9-4 9-4 0-1 18-7 5-2 14-6

LAST MEETING

Philadelphia Cleveland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/27/17 CLE 113 PHI 91 91 53 37.5 113 46 47.7

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHI J. Embiid 30 45.8 8
CLE L. James 30 52.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHI J. Embiid 11 5 6
CLE L. James 14 3 11
Assists Player
PHI R. Covington 4
CLE L. James 6
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHI J. Embiid 493 48.6 132
CLE L. James 734 58.5 109
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHI B. Simmons 249 52 197
CLE K. Love 270 65 205
Assists Player
PHI B. Simmons 199
CLE L. James 222

LAST MEETING

Orlando Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/6/17 ATL 106 ORL 110 110 52 46.9 106 49 43.0

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL E. Fournier 27 57.1 1
ATL D. Schroder 26 38.5 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 16 5 11
ATL M. Belinelli 7 0 7
Assists Player
ORL E. Payton 6
ATL K. Bazemore 7
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL E. Fournier 513 48.6 71
ATL D. Schroder 463 45.3 65
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 245 45 200
ATL J. Collins 164 71 93
Assists Player
ORL E. Payton 120
ATL D. Schroder 149

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