When: Thu., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Despite a dismal win-loss record in a wretched Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers have been making strides lately, largely due to the emergence of a healthy Joel Embiid. The 7-foot, 250-pound center sat out his first two seasons with a foot injury, but has returned as the front-runner for this season’s Rookie of the Year Award. Already drawing comparisons to Houston Rockets luminary Hakeem Olajuwon, Embiid is putting up impressive numbers for the 76ers in restricted minutes. With veteran Pau Gasol sidelined with a fractured finger, the Spurs will lean on LaMarcus Aldridge and Dewayne Dedmon to slow down Embiid, who has become Philly’s catalyst for victory. All-Star Kawhi Leonard has settled back into MVP form for the Spurs, which should tip the scales in San Antonio’s favor.