Embiid and the 76ers face the Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers (47-25, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (25-48, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia into a matchup with Atlanta. He ranks fourth in the NBA scoring 27.5 points per game.
The Hawks are 13-33 against Eastern Conference opponents. Atlanta is fourth in the league with 11.6 offensive rebounds per game, led by John Collins averaging 3.6 offensive boards.
The 76ers have gone 28-16 against Eastern Conference opponents. Philadelphia leads the Eastern Conference with 27 assists. Ben Simmons leads the 76ers with 7.8. The Hawks won 123-121 in the previous meeting between these two teams on Jan. 11. Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 29 points and Jimmy Butler led Philadelphia with 30 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Taurean Prince leads the Hawks with 2.2 made 3-pointers and averages 13.2 points while shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. Vince Carter is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers and 10.4 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
Embiid has averaged 27.5 points and 13.8 rebounds for the 76ers. Simmons has averaged 7.6 assists and scored 18.2 points over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 7-3, averaging 113 points, 51.4 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting.
Hawks: 4-6, averaging 114.5 points, 48.7 rebounds, 26.6 assists, eight steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting.
Hawks Injuries: Alex Poythress: out (right ankle sprain), Omari Spellman: out (left ankle), Miles Plumlee: out (left knee pain).
76ers Injuries: Furkan Korkmaz: out (torn right meniscus).