Sixers-Cavaliers preview: Looking to snap 11-game skid vs. Cleveland

LeBron James missing a dunk against the Sixers in November.

76ers (32-27) at Cleveland Cavaliers (36-24)

Thursday at 8 p.m., at Quicken Loans Arena

Talking points

The new-look Cavs are 5-2 since the NBA trade deadline. Their latest victory was Tuesday’s 129-123 decision over the Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers can only hope Thursday night’s game isn’t similar to the teams’ previous 11 meetings – all won by the Cavaliers. Cleveland won those games by an average of 10 points. The Sixers also shot 43.8 percent from the field and committed 17.2 turnovers in those 11 games.


Could Ben Simmons share the court with LeBron James?

How to watch and follow the game

  • TV and streaming: TNT
  • Radio: 97.5 FM
  • Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers

Starting lineups

Sixers (32-27)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  12.5 ppg. 5.5 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  14.7 ppg. 6.9 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.9 ppg. 11.1 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.6 ppg. 3.3 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.6 ppg. 7.4 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 107-280)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (shoulder rehabilitation and working on his shot, out); Justin Anderson (sprained right ankle, out); Demetrius Jackson (left adductor strain, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc injury, left foot, out).

Cavs (36-24)

16 Cedi Osman SF 6-8  3.2 ppg. 1.9 rpg

23 LeBron James PF 6-8  26.7 ppg. 9.0 apg.

13 Tristan Thompson C 6-10 6.2 ppg. 6.4 rpg.

5 J.R. Smith SG 6-4  8.3 ppg. 3.0 rpg.

3  George Hill PG 6-3 10.4 ppg. 2.7 rpg.

Coach: Tyronn Lue (third season, 114-69)

Injury report:  Kevin Love (left-hand fracture, out); Jeff Green (lower-back soreness, TBD).

Head to head

The series is tied at 102 games apiece.

Coming games

Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Charlotte Hornets vs. Sixers

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

Tuesday: 7 p.m., at Spectrum Center, Sixers vs. Charlotte Hornets

March 8: 7:30 p.m., at American Airlines Center, Sixers vs. Heat.

March 11: 7:30 p.m., at Barclays Center, Sixers vs Brooklyn Nets