After the All-Star break, the Philadelphia 76ers (Sixers) have been one of the teams playing the best basketball in the league. They had just won eight straight games before suffering a setback against the Bulls in double OT.
Despite this, Philadelphia got back on the path to victory after exacting their vengeance on the Bulls with a 25-point victory before suffering a setback against the Warriors in San Francisco today.
Joel Embiid has continued to carry the weight for the Sixers this season, averaging 33.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, which places him in first place in the league for this season.
He finished with a score of 46 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists for the Sixers in their loss against the Warriors. Although the Sixers have already secured a berth in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they still have the opportunity to move up in the standings with a victory over the Suns.
When the Suns acquired Kevin Durant at the trade deadline, there was reason to be optimistic about their future. But as of late, things have yet to go according to plan in Arizona exactly.
The Phoenix Suns have lost six of their previous seven games, with their most recent defeat coming at the hands of the Sacramento Kings, who are currently in third place.
While Devin Booker completed the game with 32 points, Terrence Ross scored a season-high 30 points off the bench. The score was a loss for the team. Chris Paul scored a double-double for the Suns, scoring 15 points and dishing out 13 assists. The Suns were without Deandre Ayton and Kevin Durant for this game.
The Phoenix Suns have a record of 38-35, which places them in fifth place in the Western Conference standings. A victory over the Sixers may help them get back on track and prevent them from falling out of the running for the playoffs.