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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (-1.5) AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS | O/U: 215

7 p.m. ET

What I’m watching for: The end of the Hornets is nigh. I don’t know what comes next for this franchise. Rich Cho has a reputation as a really smart guy, and I’m always going to wonder how much other cooks in the kitchen, including the owner, played in the decisions that went sideways. (Kaminsky… sigh.) Anyway, the Sixers have a good shot at a top-four seed, but they need to get wins like this one. — Matt Moore

What the metrics say: On the surface, it might seem that Charlotte could be undervalued in the spread against Philly. The Hornets rank first in turnover rate; the 76ers rank dead last. The 76ers are great pounding the offensive glass, ranking fourth in the NBA; the Hornets rank second on the defensive glass. In reality, however, Charlotte may not be able to score enough to stay in the game. These teams met just a couple of days ago, and Joel Embiid dominated. The Hornets took just 27% of their shots at the rim (15th percentile of games this year), and they hit only 47.4% of them (sixth percentile). Meanwhile, the 76ers went 20-of-24 at the rim, and Embiid went for 23 and 15. Both teams are fighting for playoff seeding, so they’ll be motivated, but Embiid is a force Charlotte may not be able to handle. — Bryan Mears

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