Will Joel Embiid Play Tonight? Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers: Preview, Injury Updates, and Prediction

Published 03/01/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Feb 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers take on the Indiana Pacers on Monday, which will mark the second regular-season meeting between the two teams. It will be a clash between the leading team versus the ninth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference. 

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Venue: Wells Fargo Center

Time: 7:00 PM ET (March 1, 2021)

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The Philadelphia 76ers are cruising atop the Eastern Conference table, while a wounded Pacers team is struggling to sustain their form at the moment. How do the two teams lineup ahead of this fixture? 

Philadelphia 76ers vs Indiana Pacers: Injury Updates and Lineups

76ers

The Sixers have been a dominant force in the East ever since the start of the season. Despite having a competitor like the Brooklyn Nets on their tail, the Sixers are holding on as the top seed in the conference, all thanks to Joel Embiid’s MVP caliber season. 

However, the Cameroonian big-man is listed as questionable for the Pacers game along with starting forward Tobias Harris. The latter is facing knee issues while Embiid is dealing with ankle soreness. 

Jan 2, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) passes the ball against Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Possible Lineup

Ben Simmons (G)

Seth Curry (G) 

Danny Green (F) 

Mike Scott (F)

Joel Embiid (C) 

Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are heading into their upcoming fixture on the back of a three-game losing streak. There’s every possibility of it turning to four unless Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon once again put up a spirited performance. 

Injuries and the pandemic have played a major part in disrupting the Pacers’ rhythm. They still don’t have T. J. Warren and Caris LeVert, and the worse part is that Brogdon (knee) is also listed as questionable for the Sixers game along with Jeremy Lamb. 

Possible Lineup

Malcolm Brogdon (G)

Justin Holiday (G) 

Doug McDermott (F) 

Domantas Sabonis (F) 

Myles Turner (C) 

Prediction

This game looks to be a straightforward win for the Philadelphia 76ers on paper. Embiid is listed as questionable, but if he plays, the 26-year-old will run riot in front of Indiana’s defense. 

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The Sixers have been a bright offensive team to watch, but they’re coming off an upset loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime. Hence, anything can happen when the Sixers and the Pacers take on each other. 

Jan 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) prepares to shoots the ball while Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) and forward OG Anunoby (3) defend in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

However, it was the Sixers who won their first meeting during the regular season, and we’re predicting that the same result will follow on Monday as well. The Philadelphia 76ers will beat the Indiana Pacers! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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