The Sixers (8-5) return to the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday to take on the Knicks (4-10) after a disappointing road trip.
Here are the essentials for tonight's game:
Complete coverage of the Philadelphia 76ers and their rivals in the NBA from NBC Sports Philadelphia.
When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
And here are three storylines to watch:
Yes, the Sixers starting 8-5 is disappointing, and with the amount of talent they have, they should be better.
But they've had a brutal schedule to start the season. Not necessarily in the teams they've played, but with the amount they've had to travel. If it feels like you've barely seen the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center, it's because that's the case. Just four of their first 13 games have been at home.
Wednesday's game is the start of 14 of their next 20 at home. Thought it's been only four games, the Sixers currently have the best defensive rating in the NBA at home. They still have other things to figure out, but this stretch should help.
With Josh Richardson suddenly out (hip), this will be yet another contest where the Sixers will not have their starting five together. The starting unit has started and finished only four games. Richardson had been playing well recently so the timing is especially unfortunate.
It will likely be Furkan Korkmaz getting the starting nod Wednesday. You should expect to see plenty of rookie Matisse Thybulle as well. Thybulle's minutes have been down recently, but this seems like the ideal opportunity to give the first-round pick extended run.
It was an odd strategy when the Knicks decided to sign ALL the power forwards this offseason. Fourteen games in, the strategy isn't any less head-scratching. Philly native Marcus Morris has played well, but New York is 4-10 and looking like they'll be watching ping pong ball this summer.
They do have young pieces that are intriguing. Though Knicks fans clamored for Zion Williamson, his Duke teammate, R.J. Barrett, has been excellent in his rookie campaign. The No. 3 overall pick is third on the team in scoring (15.8 points per game) and is shooting a surprising 37 percent from three.
But it seems head coach David Fizdale is more interested in playing the team's vets than giving time to high flyer Mitchell Robinson and second-year players Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier. To each their own.
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