Tough break for the Philadelphia 76ers, as Joel Embiid is out Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers, Tim Bontemps reported. Back tightness, which has been an issue for Embiid this season, is the reason for his absence.
Embiid is invaluable to the 76ers. He leads the team in points, rebounds, and blocks this season and ranks fourth in the league in points per game and eighth in rebounds. The 76ers have suffered in his absence this year, going 0-4 while scoring only 101.3 points per game—Philadelphia clips at 116.7 with Embiid in the lineup. Dwight Howard has started at center in the games that Embiid has missed this season but hasn’t been a significant contributor. In his four starts, Howard is averaging 8.3 points and 9.0 rebounds. Howards carries a $4,600 salary on the DFS slate at FanDuel.
The 76ers get a talented Pacers squad that has won two of their last three. Philadelphia is 3 point underdogs, but expect that line to move in the Pacers’ favor. The total sits at 221.5.
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