With back tightness sidelining Embiid, Ben Simmons finished with 27 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
Five quick takeaways from the Sixers' third straight loss.
This marks the fifth game Joel Embiid has missed this season.
Covington suffered the injury with 68 seconds left in Saturday night's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers missed all six of their shots and committed three turnovers in the final 4 minutes, 6 seconds.
Sixers small forward Robert Covington is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.
Trevor Booker finishes with 12 points, eight rebounds and one block in his Sixers' debut.
Five quick observations from a hard-fought loss to the Cavs.
The power forward missed Thursday's game with left eye laceration and right eye corneal abrasion.
Booker joined the team on Friday.
Sixers and surgeon Ben Kilber "will gauge his readiness in approximately three weeks"
The Sixers lost to Cleveland, 113-91, in their last meeting on Nov. 27.
Keith Pompey says the 76ers made the right decision by opting to sit Joel Embiid Saturday against Cleveland in order to play him Sunday vs. the Pelicans...