Sixers-Spurs preview: Seeking rare win in San Antonio

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San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge driving against Nets forward (and Chester High grad) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson last week.

Sixers (23-21) at San Antonio Spurs (32-18)

Friday at 8:30 p.m., at AT&T Center

Talking points

The Sixers will try to beat the Spurs in San Antonio for the first time since prevailing, 83-77, on Jan. 3, 2004. That would snap a 13-game road skid to the Spurs. Before that 2004 victory, the Sixers had last won in San Antonio on Jan. 8, 1986.

How to watch and follow the game

Starting lineups

Sixers (23-21)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  13.5 ppg. 5.8 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  14.0 ppg. 7.0  rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.7 ppg. 10.9 rpg.

7 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot SG 6-6  6.6 ppg. 1.1 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.4 ppg. 7.4 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 98-274)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc fracture, out); JJ Redick (fractured left knee, out); Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist, questionable).

Spurs  (32-18)

1 Kyle Anderson SF 6-9 8.1 ppg 6.1 rpg.

12 LaMarcus Aldridge PF 6-9 22.5  ppg. 8.7 rpg.

16 Pau Gasol C 6-11 10.7  ppg. 8.4 rpg.

14 Danny Green SG 6-6 8.6 ppg. 1.8 apg.

5 DeJounte Murray PG 6-5 6.7 ppg. 2.6 apg.

Coach: Gregg Popovich (22nd season, 1,182-524)

Injury report:  Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps injury, out)

Head-to-head

The Spurs have a 57-35 series advantage.

Coming games

Sunday: 6 p.m., Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sixers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Monday: 8 p.m., BMO Harris Bradley Center, Sixers at Milwaukee Bucks

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m., Barclays Center, Sixers at Brooklyn Nets

Next Friday: 8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, Miami Heat at Sixers

Feb. 3: 7 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Sixers at Indianapolis Pacers