The Orlando Magic missed a chance to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now they’ll try to regain some of the lost momentum by finishing their three-game road trip with a winning record.
To accomplish that, they’ll have to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
The game tips off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center and can be seen on Fox Sports Florida
Each team is seeking to rebound from a loss.
For the Magic, that was a 107-93 defeat at the hands of the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The 76ers, meanwhile, fell 120-117 to the Golden State Warriors in a marquee matchup on Saturday.
The Magic’s loss kept them from gaining ground in the playoff race. Had they won, they would have taken over sole possession of eighth place. Instead, they remained tied with the Charlotte Hornets.
The 76ers, meanwhile, trail the Indiana Pacers by just half a game for the third spot.
If the Magic (30-35) aren’t locked in, it will be a long night against a team that features extensive offensive talent.
That being said, they’ve played the 76ers (40-23) well this season.
The teams have split the two previous meetings, with the home squad winning each time.
The 76ers were 116-115 winners in October when JJ Redick hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. The Magic prevailed 111-106 in Orlando nearly a month later behind 30 points from Nikola Vucevic, who was drafted by the 76ers and played 51 games for them his rookie season.
The teams will meet March 25 in Orlando for the fourth and final time during the regular season.
Embiid, the team’s top scorer (27.3 ppg) and rebounder (13.5 rpg) hasn’t played since before the all-star break, with knee soreness forcing him to miss the past five games.
According to the NBA’s injury report at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Embiid is listed as out for Tuesday’s game. Multiple reports Monday also indicated that he would not play.
The 76ers are 3-2 since the all-star break without Embiid, with their losses coming to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Warriors.
Harris, meanwhile, came to Philadelphia in early February in a multi-player trade with the Clippers. Harris, who played for the Magic from 2012-16 before being traded to the Pistons, is averaging 21.7 points in his nine games with the 76ers. He’s also playing the most minutes per game of any 76er, as coach Brett Brown has used more of an eight-man rotation because of his team’s injuries.
“I like it here,” Harris told reporters after practice on Monday. “[It’s a] good group of guys and a team that has a lot of potential.”
Simmons, a first-time all-star this season, was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Feb. 25 and March 3. It’s the second time in Simmons’ two-year career he has received the honor. He was chosen player of the week in April 2018.
In three games, Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game, while shooting .550 from the field. He recorded triple-doubles during wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans.
Simmons is averaging 17.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists per contest this season.
Butler, who made his debut with the 76ers during a November meeting with the Magic, is averaging 18.6 points per game. Redick, who remains one of the league’s top 3-point shooters, is averaging 17.9 points a game.
76ers reserve forward Jonathon Simmons will be seeing his former team for the first time since being traded for Markelle Fultz on Feb. 7. Simmons spent parts of three seasons in Orlando. He is averaging 4.1 points in seven games for the 76ers.
Philadelphia is competing without reserve center Boban Marjanovic, who is out with a bone bruise and sprain in his right knee. The 7-foot-3 Barbanovic came to Philadelphia in the Harris trade and made immediate contributions, averaging 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds before his injury.
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