Updated: 7:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s the second night of a back-to-back for the Trail Blazers, who lost to the Warriors (20-16) last night, after beating them in overtime two days prior. The Sixers (23-13) are now 1-1 on this four-game road trip after beating the Jazz.
• When: 9 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 8:30 p.m.
• Where: Moda Center - Portland, Oregon
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
Here are three storylines to watch for in tonight’s game.
No Jo Jo
Joel Embiid is out with left knee soreness and Amir Johnson will start in his place. Johnson has started one other game this season, the Sixers' 117-11 win over the Pistons on Dec. 7. He was scoreless with three rebounds and three steals, fouling out in 16 minutes.
With Embiid out, the Sixers are also going to need a big game from Mike Muscala tonight. Be on the lookout for that Ben Simmons-Muscala connection that started to heat up last game against the Jazz.
Jimmy Butler from jump
When talking with Brown at practice yesterday, there was one thing from their win over the Jazz that he said he had some "buyer's remorse" for — not getting Jimmy Butler involved earlier in the game. Brown said they need to do a better job of tapping into his skillset early and making him confident from the get-go. Look for the Sixers to go to Butler early tonight.
Lillard dropped 40 points in last night’s loss to Golden State — his fifth 40-point game of the season — making him just 24 points shy from already scoring 1,000 points for the season. Lillard is on track for a record year, averaging 27.1 points (sixth most in the NBA). The task of guarding Lillard, which will likely be on Butler’s shoulders, is going to be a tough one.
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