Will Joel Embiid Play Tonight? Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/03/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts to a scored against the Washington Wizards during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Charlotte Hornets will host the Philadelphia 76ers in this mouth-watering NBA clash as both teams arrive with three consecutive wins in their kitty; both their winning streaks are at stake here.

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Date & Time: February 3, 2021, 7pm ET

Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte

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Records: Hornets (10-11), 76ers (15-6)

Dec 12, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives in during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at the Spectrum Center. Raptors won 111-100. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets won their previous game in overtime against the Miami Heat. However, the talking point of it wasn’t the late victory but the much-awaited introduction of star-rookie LaMelo Ball to the starting lineup.

His fans (more importantly, his father LaVar) have been critical of his bench role. With regular starter Terry Rozier out with an ankle sprain, coach James Borrego handed him a start. And he performed admirably, recording 14 points and 7 assists in 31 minutes of play.

Rozier is listed as questionable to play against the 76ers. So if he doesn’t return, LaMelo can make a stronger case for himself with a mammoth performance while potential 2021 NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward will again be their key player.

That is an unreal clutch pass from LaMelo Ball. Wow. @NBA | @MELOD1P pic.twitter.com/JSN8rCUhxn

— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 2, 2021

Starting 5 for the Charlotte Hornets

Guard – LaMelo Ball

Guard – Devonte Graham

Center – Cody Zeller

Forward – PJ Washington

Forward – Gordon Hayward

Preview | Philadelphia 76ers

The team from the city of brotherly love find themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, which is mostly thanks to the key backroom changes they underwent in the offseason. Hence, they are an all-around team now with their trade acquisitions, Danny Green and Seth Curry, covering up their three-point deficiencies.

Joel Embiid is having an MVP level season with a career-high 28.3 points per game, along with 11.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. His collision with LeBron James caused him to take a night-off but he will be fit and ready for this one.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Philadelphia 76ers

Guard – Ben Simmons

Guard – Seth Curry

Center – Joel Embiid

Forward – Danny Green

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Forward – Tobias Harris

Predictions | Hornets vs 76ers

Although the 76ers are the favorites for this matchup, you can’t underestimate the quality that the Hornets have been displaying recently. It will be exciting to watch the two point guards, Simmons and Ball, butt heads. Their performance may well decide the fate of this game.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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