Sixers-Hornets preview: Brett Brown's squad eyeing 10th straight win

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“We all talk about how much we need Joel from a basketball standpoint, and this is true. He needs his team now,” coach Brett Brown says.

76ers (45-30) at Charlotte Hornets (34-43)

Sunday at 1 p.m., at the Spectrum Center

Talking points

The Hornets have lost two straight games after winning four in a row.  But the Sixers might have a tough time containing Dwight Howard with Joel Embiid sidelined. The Hornets center has 48 double-doubles on the season after posting 22 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to the Washington Wizards.  The Sixers are riding a nine-game winning streak.

How to watch and follow the game

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

Starting lineups

Sixers (45-30)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  12.8 ppg 5.3 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10 14.9 ppg 6.9 rpg

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10  4.3 ppg 4.3 rpg

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.6 ppg 3.0 apg

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 15.8 ppg 8.1 apg

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 120-283)

Injury report: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee, patellar tendinitis, out), Joel Embiid (left eye, orbital bone fracture, out).

Hornets (34-43)

14 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF 6-7  9.2 ppg. 4.1 rpg

2 Marvin Williams PF 6-9  9.2 ppg. 4.8 apg.

12 Dwight Howard C 6-11 16.8 ppg. 12.4 rpg.

5 Nic Batum SG 6-8  11.7 ppg. 5.5 apg.

15 Kemba Walker PG 6-1 22.8 ppg. 5.6 rpg.

Coach: Steve Clifford (fifth season, 194-211)

Injury report:  Michael Carter-Williams (left shoulder surgery, out)

Head to head

The Hornets hold a 58-45 series advantage.

Coming games

Tuesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Brooklyn Nets at Sixers

Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Little Caesars Arena, Sixers at Detroit Pistons.

Friday: 7 p.m.; at Wells Fargo Center, Cleveland Cavaliers at Sixers

April 8: 1 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Dallas Mavericks at Sixers

April 10: 7:30 p.m., at Phillips Arena, Sixers at Atlanta Hawks