The Charlotte Hornets will host the Philadelphia 76ers at Time Warner Cable Arena tonight, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s how to watch this Eastern Conference NBA matchup online.
Coming off three days of rest, the Charlotte Hornets (2-1) play host to the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-3) to help tip off Wednesday’s 10-game slate of NBA action.
The Sixers are coming off a tough 103-101 home loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday in which they blew a 14-point halftime lead, while the Hornets haven’t played since losing 104-98 against the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
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Since this is Philadelphia’s first back-to-back of the 2016-17 season, Joel “The Process” Embiid will not be suiting up tonight after putting up 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 25 minutes against Orlando on Tuesday. Jahlil Okafor, who rested Tuesday as he continues to work his way back from the meniscus surgery he underwent in March, will be active. According to Tom Moore of Calkins Media, the Duke product will have his minutes capped at 24, so Croatian sensation Dario Saric may wind up playing some center for the Sixers. Ersan Ilyasova, who Philadelphia acquired in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, is unlikely to suit up.
Given the depleted state of Philadelphia’s lineup—aside from Embiid resting, No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel and Jerryd Bayless are all sidelined by injuries—Charlotte should have little trouble disposing of the Sixers. Kemba Walker could be primed for a huge game, as he averaged 23.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists across four starts against the hapless 76ers last season. Russell Westbrook posted a near-triple-double in Philadelphia on opening night, while Dennis Schroder tallied 11 points and a career-high 11 assists on Saturday, so the former UConn star should be licking his chops for this matchup.
With starting Hornets center Roy Hibbert nursing knee soreness, the Sixers’ best chance of pulling the upset may be relying on Okafor for easy buckets. The former No. 3 overall pick has scored eight points in both of his games to date this year, but with an increase in his minutes limit, his first double-digit scoring total should be well within reach.