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Joel Embiid injury: 76ers star leaves game vs. Cavaliers with shoulder sprain

Joel Embiid injury: 76ers star leaves game vs. Cavaliers with shoulder sprain

The Philadelphia 76ers are in rough shape.

They already were lamenting Ben Simmons' back injury, which is expected to keep him out for at least two weeks. Things only got worse Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Joel Embiid exited after seven minutes with a left shoulder sprain.

Embiid exited to the locker room, briefly returned to the Sixers' bench, then was officially ruled out for the rest of the game.


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It's currently unclear how much time Embiid could miss. But if he's out for an extended period, that's a significant setback for a 76ers team that's fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Embiid was coming off a sensational performance Monday night vs. the Atlanta Hawks in which he dropped 49 points and brought down 14 rebounds.

The 76ers fell to the Cavs, 108-94, bringing them to 36-23 on the season and a putrid 9-21 on the road.

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Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers live stream: Watch NBA game online

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers live stream: Watch NBA game online

If the Celtics pull this one off, they'll have salvaged one win in their season series with a key East rival and have perhaps their gutsiest victory of the season.

They'll take on the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night at home in a nationally-televised (ABC) contest without their All-Star point guard who's also they're leading scorer (22.0 ppg). They'll be without their big man with the most experience taking on Sixers center Joel Embiid.

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Kemba Walker's knee soreness has flared up and he'll miss the next two games. Center Enes Kanter, who had 20 points the last time he matched up with Embiiid, continues to be out with a hip injury.

Marcus Smart will likely move into the starting lineup with Walker out and Daniel Theis will have to shoulder much of the load of defending Embiid, though we could see a Tacko Fall appearance after the 7-foot-5 center was recalled from the Maine Red Claws of the G League.

Philly, sitting in the sixth spot at 31-18, trails No. 3 Boston (32-15) by two games in the East as the rivals meet for the final time in the regular season in what could likely be a playoff preview.

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Celtics vs. 76ers odds: Best NBA picks with Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter out for C's

Celtics vs. 76ers odds: Best NBA picks with Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter out for C's

Can the Celtics really go 0-for-Philly in the regular season?

To avoid a season sweep at the hands of their long-time rival in the East, they'll have to find a way to stop Joel Embiid and the 76ers tonight at TD Garden. And they'll have to do it without their All-Star point guard and the player with the most experience trying to neutralize the Sixers center.

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Kemba Walker (knee soreness) and Enes Kanter (hip injury) won't play for the Celtics Saturday night as they look to win at least once after dropping their previous three this season against Philly (31-18), which sits in the sixth spot in the East and trails No. 3 Boston (32-15) by two games. 

The injuries news dropped the Celtics from 2.5-point favorites to a one-point selection. Here are our betting predictions, as well as two other NBA "locks" against the spread. 

(All odds provided by West Gate Superbook.)

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m., ET

Moneyline: With Kanter guarding him most of the night, Embiid had 38 points and 13 rebounds the last time the Sixers played in Boston in December (he was injured and missed Philly's January home win over the C's). Boston's thin frontcourt of Daniel Theis, Grant Williams, Vincent Poirier and maybe Tacko Fall has Al Horford to contend with inside, too. Looks like the Sixers (-105) get their sweep.

Point Spread: As noted above, the Walker-Kanter injury news dropped the C's to a one-point favorite. The 76ers are just 9-16 on the road but the Celtics injuries are just too much to overcome. A grudging nod to the Sixers (+1) here.

Point Total: These are two of the NBA's best defensive teams. The 76ers (allowing 105.2 points per game) are No. 2 in the NBA, the C's (allowing 105.5) are No. 3. Without Walker, Boston could be offensively challenged. Go with the UNDER on the 212.5 point total.  

Pat's record, pinch-hitting for Darren Hartwell, picking Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 8-10 (44% success rate).

NBA Locks of the Night

Atlanta Hawks (+5) at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.: The Mavs are without MVP candidate Luka Doncic and are coming off a 128-121 loss at Houston on Friday. They're 3-3-1 against the spread when playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Atlanta is just 5-20 on the road but 8-1 ATS when playing with a rest advantage.

Los Angeles Lakers (-6) at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m.: The Lakers are coming off an emotional 127-119 home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night in their first game since the death of Kobe Bryant. Despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back and recent issues winning in Sacramento (L.A. has lost eight of its past 11 there), look for a bounce-back effort from LeBron & Co. over the Kings (18-30 overall, 8-14 at home).  

Pat's record, pinch-hitting for Darren Hartwell, picking NBA locks against the spread: 6-6, 50% success rate. 

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