The final game of the seeding Campaign is between the Philadelphia 76ers (42-30) and Houston Rockets (44-27). Here we look at the Match Preview and TV schedule for the game.
Regular seeding games will see its end in Orlando today with the last fixture between sixth seed Sixers in the East and fourth seed Rockets in the West. Both teams have secured a spot in the postseason, for Sixers the game has no significance as they will finish 6th only. The side will face Celtics in the first round.
Rockets and Thunder are equal on record (44-27), both teams have a similar situation as Pacers and Heat have in the East. The winner of the game will finish fourth but as No.4 and No.5 seed will each other in the first round, winning the game won’t matter(no home court advantage in the Bubble).
Sixers and Rockets both have two wins in the last five games and they would want to halt their respective losing streaks before the playoffs. However, they’ll need to be careful with any more injuries.
Where to watch Sixers vs Rockets on TV and Online?
The game is scheduled at 9:00 PM ET and can be watched on the following Platforms:
- NBA TV
- AT&T Sportsnet
- NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Live stream on FuboTV.com
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Sixers vs Rockets Preview
Houston’s scoring has been a strong point for the team; they are the second-ranked team in NBA in terms of PPG. The team is averaging 118.1 points in the 2019-20 season. James Harden’s contribution has been one of the reasons behind it. He has scored 163 points in the last five games with 30+ in the previous three games.
Houston’s dependency on Harden is a major concern for the franchise. If the team wishes to go deep into the playoffs, other players need to take some burden off Harden. Austin Rivers is struggling to find some form in Orlando; he scored only three points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes against Pacers in the previous game.
Westbrook has been sharing the load with Harden, but he will be out for the first few games of the series vs OKC, owing to a quad injury.
Sixers started their bubble campaign impressively as they won three matches in their first four encounters but the last three defeats have put Sixers into 3-4. They will look to bounce back against Rockets to enter playoffs on a positive note.
The team is 21st in scoring offense and they are up against No.2; they will heavily rely on the three-point shooting if they stand a chance against the scoring giants. Tobias Harris is leading teams scoring in Orlando with 22.3 PPG. He has scored 20+ in four out of six appearances. Josh Richardson’s return can be a plus point for the Sixers as he can dominate the front court.
However, Simmons’ loss is being felt on both ends of the court. Embiid will really need to go off if they want to upset the Celtics in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Tonight’s game will see the reserves taking the court and hence the tie could swing in any way.
Probable Lineup for Sixers
Probable Lineup for Rockets