Philadelphia 76ers vs Detroit Pistons: Lineups, preview & prediction 4/4/18

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons, 4-4-2018 - Expert Prediction

Breaking down the rookie stats, Simmons leads all rookies in rebounds (8.1), assists (8.1), steals (1.7), double-doubles (36) and triple-doubles (11).

Philly plays Detroit in Detroit tomorrow night in the second game of a back-to-back.

The Brooklyn Nets looked disinterested and disengaged throughout Tuesday night's ugly 121-95 loss to the red-hot and playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers in front of a sellout crowd of 20,710 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia was in action at home as they hosted the Nets in an Atlantic Division tilt Tuesday night.

A driving lay-up pushed him past the 1,200-point plateau for the year, making the Australian point man the second rookie ever to total 1,200 points, 600 rebounds, and 600 assists. Philadelphia began Tuesday in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of fifth-place in and a half-game behind third-place Cleveland. The 76ers are average on the defensive end, ranking 13 by allowing 105.2 points a game. He hasn't improved much in the National Basketball Association, making just 34 percent of his jump shots for the 76ers, last among 221 players with at least 150 attempts in 2017-18.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points against his former side Oklahoma City Thunder, lifting Western Conference No.2s the Golden State Warriors to a 111-107 victory, while the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-98. Reggie Jackson led the team with 29 points on nine of 22 shootin, Stanley Johnson and Ish Smith each scored 17 points while Andre Drummond chipped in with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The 76ers rank first in points allowed in the paint per game (41.4) while the Pistons rank eighth (43.4). The Pistons are now 15 in the league in three point field goals with 10.5 per game while ranking tied for 7 by sinking 36.9 percent from downtown. He has played in 74 of the team's 76 games this year, trailing only Ben Simmons for the most appearances on the team.

The games on the 76ers' regular season schedule might be running out, but nothing is changing. However, there is cause for legitimate concern with Joel Embiid already out with an orbital fracture.

Both Embiid and Saric won't play for the 76ers against Detroit, while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee) will also likely sit out.

In their last five games, Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push. Detroit has seen the under go 15-4-2 in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % above.600 and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Sixers would have been a 27-win team if that happened over the course of a full year, although with Embiid sidelined until the postseason, that is going to change one way or the other.

Before the game, Brown spoke at length about the balancing act he must play in utilizing Fultz.

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