National Basketball Association
Preview
Philadelphia at Atlanta
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

The Philadelphia 76ers seek their first four-game winning streak in more than three years when they visit the surging Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. A 3-pointer by Robert Covington in the closing seconds lifted the 76ers to a dramatic 93-92 victory over Portland at home Friday night, their eighth victory in the last 10 games overall.

Seven of those wins came by single digits and four by two points or fewer for a squad that suddenly thrives in clutch situations. Covington's heroics gave him 22 points and star center Joel Embiid had 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Embiid is already expected to sit this one out for the 76ers as he continues to rest on the second half of back-to-backs. Atlanta has been just as hot with 10 wins in 12 games, the most recent a 102-93 triumph over Chicago at home Friday.


TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN Philly (Philadelphia), FSN Southeast (Atlanta)

ABOUT THE 76ERS (15-26): Jahlil Okafor sat out the previous two games to rest but figures to return to the lineup with Embiid on the sidelines for this one. Okafor has expressed frustration with his dwindling playing time but was quite effective the last time he saw some action, averaging 18 points while shooting 14-for-21 in games against Washington and Milwaukee over the holiday weekend. Forward Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 21 points while making 8-of-12 3-pointers over the past two games.

ABOUT THE HAWKS (25-18): Although a near-collapse forced coach Mike Budenholzer to bring back some starters in the waning moments Friday night, Atlanta built a big lead early on and was able to keep every player to less than 30 minutes. Point guard Dennis Schroder made the most of his 27 minutes, scoring 25 points and handing out six assists. He had 16 points and eight assists in the previous meeting with Philadelphia and 11 points and 11 assists in the first encounter, a 104-72 victory for the Hawks on Oct. 29.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Atlanta has won five straight meetings and 12 of the last 13.

2. Hawks C Dwight Howard was 3-of-11 from the field against the Bulls after making 17-of-22 shots over his previous four games.

3. The 76ers are 1-7 in the second half of back-to-backs. The Hawks are 6-3.

PREDICTION: Hawks 103, 76ers 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 15-26 W3 10-14 5-12 2-2 13-24 4-4 10-14
Atlanta 25-18 W1 12-8 13-10 3-1 22-17 4-4 18-9
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/12/16 PHI 96 ATL 117 96 39 43.4 117 52 50.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Okafor 18 53.8 4
Atlanta T. Hardaway Jr. 20 53.8 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia D. Saric 7 1 6
Atlanta D. Howard 11 5 6
Assists Player  
Philadelphia T. McConnell 6
Atlanta D. Schroder 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Embiid 675 46.0 212
Atlanta D. Schroder 803 47.0 118
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia J. Embiid 277 72 205
Atlanta D. Howard 537 187 350
Assists Player  
Philadelphia S. Rodriguez 249
Atlanta D. Schroder 290
Quickchart Matchup
Philadelphia Philadelphia Off vs  Atlanta Atlanta Defense
Philadelphia Off vs Atlanta - Points For 99.2 Points For
Philadelphia Off vs Atlanta - Points Against 102.7 Points Against
Philadelphia - FG% 43.2 FG%
Atlanta - FG% 44.9 FG%
Philadelphia - Reb 43.8 Reb
Atlanta - Reb 43.6 Reb
Atlanta Atlanta Off vs  Philadelphia Philadelphia Defense
Atlanta Off vs Philadelphia - Points For 102.8 Points For
Atlanta Off vs Philadelphia - Points Against 104.6 Points Against
Atlanta - FG% 45.5 FG%
Philadelphia - FG% 44.8 FG%
Atlanta - Reb 43.6 Reb
Philadelphia - Reb 44.9 Reb