Sixers-Cavaliers preview: Brett Brown's squad eyes move up in NBA playoff race

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visited the Philadelphia 76ers last November.

Cleveland Cavaliers (49-3o) at 76ers (48-30)

Friday at 7 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Center

Talking points

The winner of this game gets the inside track to securing the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 seed in the upcoming playoffs. The Cavs are in third place, a half-game ahead of the Sixers in the standings.

How to watch and follow the game

  • TV and streaming: NBC Sports Philadelphia; NBA TV
  • Radio: 97.5 FM
  • Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers; @NBASarah

Starting lineups

Cleveland (48-30)

23 LeBron James SF 6-8 27.5 ppg. 9.2 rpg.

32 Jeff Green PF 6-9 10.7 ppg. 3.1 rpg.

0 Kevin Love C 6-10 17.4 ppg. 9.3 rpg.

1 Rodney Hood SG 6-8 11.2 ppg. 2.6 rpg.

16 Cedi Osman PG 6-8 3.7 ppg. 1.8 apg.

Coach: Tyronn Lue (Third season, 127-75)

Injury report: TBD

Sixers (48-30)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  12.8 ppg 5.4 rpg.

23 Ersan Ilyasova PF 6-10 10.7 ppg 5.7 rpg.

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10  4.4 ppg 4.4 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.8 ppg 3.0 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 15.8 ppg 8.1 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 123-283)

Injury report: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee, patellar tendinitis, out), Joel Embiid (left eye, orbital bone fracture, out), Dario Saric (cellutitis in right elbow, questionable).

Head to head

The Sixers hold a 103-102 series advantage.

Coming games

Sunday: 1 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Dallas Mavericks at Sixers

Monday: 7:30 p.m., at Phillips Arena, Sixers at Atlanta Hawks

Wednesday: 8 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Milwaukee Bucks at Sixers