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Pelicans vs Sixers preview: Joel Embiid seeks to show off range in front of Anthony Davis

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The New Orleans Pelicans (7-15) host the Philadelphia 76ers (4-18) Thursday evening with tip-off set for 7:00pm CST. The game can be seen on Fox Sports New Orleans or The Comcast Network, or heard on 99.5FM.

After winning 3 of 4 games, the Sixers have lost their last 8 on the schedule. They have the worst record in the NBA; however, this should mean little because less than two weeks ago the Pelicans lost to the then 2-13 Dallas Mavericks. There is no such thing as an easy projected win for the group out of New Orleans.

Anthony Davis is still doing his thing, but he isn’t getting the requisite help, especially of late. I’m sure Joel Embiid can relate, as the rookie has been spectacular but no one else in Philadelphia has asserted themselves similarly. Despite the minutes restriction, (less than 24 minutes a game!), Embiid is averaging 18.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. And for good measure, the 7-foot center is making 1.4 three-pointers a game on a delicious 50% from behind the arc!

It’s a shame, really, that Ben Simmons was lost before the regular season even began. If fans are lucky, though, he might return from his Jones fracture and step onto the court in uniform before the current 82-game schedule concludes. For the love of basketball, an Embiid-Simmons combination needs to happen as soon as possible.

What to Watch

Pelicans transition efficiency. The 76ers are lousy at making baskets, even worse at protecting the ball. The New Orleans offense could use a game where their defense sparks the pace and finds a slew of easy points. Watch if the Pelicans can they manufacture a lot of scores from turnovers and long rebounds, and perhaps get a number of slumping players back in the right frame of mind.

Embiid from the perimeter. I’m telling ya, the Sixers center is some kind of shooter.

Pay close attention to this future game changer!