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Sixers vs. Pelicans: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Pelicans: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

After the Sixers' win over the Celtics on Thursday night at TD Garden, they're one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NBA, along with the Heat. Miami hosts the 22-3 Lakers on Friday night.

The 19-7 Sixers can move to 14-0 at Wells Fargo Center tonight with a win over the 6-19 Pelicans.

Here are tonight’s essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia (NBC Sports BetCast on NBCSP+)
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch: 

No Horford again 

Al Horford will miss his second consecutive game with left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness.

The regular starting lineup was briefly intact for Tuesday's win over the Nuggets in Richardson's first game back after a six-game absence because of a hamstring injury, but that didn't last long.

Mike Scott took Horford’s place Thursday and played well in his second start of the season, scoring 15 points and making 5 of 7 three-pointers.

“I just do my job,” Scott told reporters. “Catch and shoot, move the ball, play hard on defense. Same role when I come off the bench, so it's pretty easy.”

Joel Embiid, after a 38-point, 13-rebound night against the Celtics, is not listed on the NBA’s official injury report, so it looks like he’ll play in the second game of this back-to-back.

Redick is back in the building 

JJ Redick is set to play his first game against the Sixers since signing a two-year, $26.5 million with the Pelicans this summer.

Though the Sixers’ offense has missed Redick’s outside shooting, savvy screening and two-man game with Embiid, the team's three-point numbers have not taken an extreme dip. 

The Sixers are shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range, sixth in the NBA.

Redick had interesting insights on the Sixers’ post-heavy offense, Joel Embiid’s maturity and more after the Pelicans’ shootaround (see story).

The Zion-less Pelicans are struggling 

No. 1 pick Zion Williamson is with the Pelicans, but he’s sidelined as he recovers from surgery on his right knee.

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Friday that Williamson is on schedule and the team doesn’t want to rush his return.

New Orleans comes into Philadelphia on a 10-game losing streak and has the third-worst defensive rating in the NBA. Former Sixers Redick, Jrue Holiday and Jahlil Okafor feature for the Pelicans, while Brandon Ingram is having a career year.

The 22-year-old Ingram, who was traded from the Lakers to New Orleans this summer along with Villanova product Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball, is averaging 24.9 points per game and shooting 40.8 percent from three-point range. 

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Greg Monroe selling New Orleans home, perfect for Zion Williamson

Greg Monroe selling New Orleans home, perfect for Zion Williamson

Hey Zion Williamson, we hear you may be moving to New Orleans and we have the perfect starter home for you. Sixers center Greg Monroe has put his house on the market.

Monroe played in just three regular-season games for the Sixers but had a slightly bigger role in the playoffs, playing in 10 games and starting one. He has played for six NBA teams during his nine-year career, and I guess he thinks it’s time to move out of his beautiful home, on the banks of a golf course, in his hometown of New Orleans.

Purchased for $837,000 in 2013, Monroe has listed the house for $874,500. This five bedroom, 5.5 bath estate, located in a country club, features beautiful views and ample closet space. The house has very high ceilings, perfect for Monroe’s 6-foot-11 stature, or perhaps, someone six-foot-seven, like Zion, who also has a very high ceiling himself.

Monroe has made more than $73 million in his NBA career, and at only 28 years old, perhaps he’s looking to land somewhere a little more permanently as his next destination.

The aspect of the home that is most striking, however, is the Batman mural in what looks to be a room at the back of the home.

Here’s a look at some more photos of a home that could be yours, or maybe Zion’s, if you’ve got the cash and a love for the Dark Knight.

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