The 76ers (3-33) return to The Center to begin a season-long stretch of six consecutive home games. They host the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-22) at 7:00 PM EST on Monday. Both teams will be looking to end two-game losing streaks.
Philadelphia picked off the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings on the trip to triple their season win total but head home after dropping the final two legs to the Lakers and Clippers in Los Angeles. The 76ers showed off an ability to take advantage of other down-on-their-luck teams with those two wins but got another lesson in just how far away they are from competing at higher levels in a 130-99 loss to the Clippers that closed out the trip.
The Timberwolves are another team caught in a slump and have lost six of their last seven games without reaching 100 points in any of those contests. Minnesota shot 39.3 percent from the field in a 95-85 home loss to the defensively-challenged Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, including a 3-of-14 effort from 3-point range
The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 99.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.2 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 92.5 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while Ish Smith is averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 assists. Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Isaiah Canaan is dishing two assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The 76ers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five straight home games. Jakarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson are questionable.
The Timberwolves are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Minnesota beat the Sixers 100-95 on Nov. 23 for its first home win of the season after losing both meetings last season. The loss dropped the Sixers to 0-15, part of their historic losing streak dating to last season.
The Sixers have won five of the past seven meetings with Minnesota in Philadelphia.