Will Joel Embiid Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury Updates, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 01/11/2021, 1:30 PM EST
Jan 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after being called for an offensive foul in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


Both the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers are entering this match-up after suffering from consecutive losses. However, the two are standing far apart from each other at the Eastern Conference table. The Sixers are leading the East as they have 7 out of their 10 games, and the Hawks are somewhere at the bottom trying to find their rhythm to get back in the game.

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This will be a chance for the two to get themselves on track. But who will it be?

Philadelphia 76ers injury updates and lineup prediction

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The Sixers had their second straight loss at home against the Denver Nuggets. As they drop to 7-3, they are tied with the Boston Celtics for the first position in the Atlantic Division. However, this is the least of their worries.

With most of their players missing this game because of health and safety protocols, they are actually entering this match-up as the underdog team. Ben Simmons, Shake Milton, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Vincent Poirier, Terrance Ferguson, and Matisse Thybulle are officially out. But there is still hope as Joel Embiid and Mike Scott are still probable for the game.

Now, the onus falls on the remaining stars of the team like Danny Green and Dwight Howard. Other than these vets, Tyrese Maxey is also expected to contribute enough in this worrisome situation.

Jan 7, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Danny Green (14) takes a three point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

With that, the predicted lineup would be Isaiah Joe, Dwight Howard, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, and Dakota Mathias.

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and lineup prediction

The Hawks had a great start to the season, but it’s been down the hill ever since. They’ve struggled on both ends of the floor, which has landed them in a pool of four consecutive losses. However, looking at the Sixers’ injury troubles, this might be the opening the Hawks are looking for to bring their form back.

Trae Young is the Hawks star player who has been averaging 24.7 points and 8.6 assists. With adequate support from players like De’Andre Hunter and John Collins, Trae’s vision could be utilized. However, Young is probable for this matchup because of a wrist injury. Without him, it won’t be as easy a victory as one would think.

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 12: Trae Young (11) of the Atlanta Hawks drives on Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Other than him, Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter, and Tony Snell are also questionable to play against the 76ers. Even Bogdan Bogdanovic is out, which leaves them with fewer options to go with.

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Thus, the predicted lineup would be Clint Capela, De’Andre Hunter, Josh Collins, Cam Reddish, and Danilo Gallinari.

Game prediction

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This game solely depends on the players that show up for this matchup. If Trae Young plays, the Hawks can make this a smooth victory, and if they lose, it will be a sign that they are far away from being contenders in the playoffs. However, without Trae, this could be a close call, but the Sixers are most likely to take the win.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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