Sixers at Pacers: Joel Embiid to miss game with left knee soreness

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The 23-12 Sixers will hope to wrap up 2019 by avoiding their second three-game losing streak this month. 

Below are the essentials for Tuesday’s game against the 21-12 Pacers. Indiana has also lost two straight, including a 22-point defeat Saturday to the Pelicans. 

When: 3 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia 
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Embiid out with knee soreness

Joel Embiid will miss today's game with left knee soreness.

Embiid has an excellent track record against Myles Turner and scored 32 on 15 shots in the Sixers’ win over Indiana on Nov. 30. The Sixers are 3-3 without him this season. 

Goodbye, 2019 

While we’re on the topic of Embiid, one of the most notable takeaways from this calendar year is just how much the Sixers rely on him.

The Sixers enter their final game of the year with a 51-29 overall mark. They’ve gone 41-17 with Embiid and 10-12 without him.

Today’s result will determine whether they’re above or below .500 on on the road in 2019 — they’re currently 20-20, compared to 31-9 at Wells Fargo Center. The contrast was even more extreme in 2018, when the Sixers were 39-5 at home and 19-20 on the road. 

Not a unique problem 

Before the Sixers’ bizarre, painful loss Saturday in Miami, Brett Brown was asked what needed to change for the Sixers on the road. 

That is the magic bean,” he told reporters. “That is a big question. Inevitably for me, it just gets back to boring coach speak where it’s just smarter, harder, longer — with longer being the operative word. We don’t play at the level we want us to play with for the length of time that I want us to play with it. You’re going to get 29 other coaches that will tell you the same thing, I assume. That’s the holy grail, that’s my job and that’s what I see mostly on the road. I think if we can get more of that, then you’re not going to have the road drought that we’ve experienced.

The Sixers’ home-road disparity is stark (16-2 at home, 7-10 on the road), but Brown is correct that it’s not an outlier in the NBA. The Pacers are 14-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and 7-9 away.

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