I'm particularly intrigued to see how Atlanta's defense copes with the Sixers, Embiid or no Embiid. For what is supposedly a bad defensive team, the Hawks balled out on defense against the Knicks - for me, they won that series with their defense more than their offense. Even Trae worked incredibly hard on defense and didn't embarrass himself. (In contrast, I rarely felt like the Hawks' offense was firing on all cylinders agains the Knicks, so there could be some room for growth there.)Toss-up. It will be a fun series to watch. 76ers offense is more interesting without Embiid. Lots of ball movement, backdoor cuts and playmaking. Simmons and Harris can exploit mismatches. Both teams will try to push pace, especially when Maxey is on the floor for Philly. Capela should have fun inside and will take a beating from Dwight Howard until Dwight fouls out.
Simmons and Thybulle will both try to keep up with Trae on defense. Danny Green and Seth Curry not fast enough. Nobody is but Simmons and Thybulle have length.
Philly needs to defend home court in the first two games, then play hard and shoot well on the road, which is not always the case with these guys, especially the shooting part.