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Nikola Vucevic-Joel Embiid matchup highlights Sixers-Bulls battle

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“He’s not afraid of the moment, and I trust him. He’s going to have a belief and confidence that he’s going to make the play. He’s not always going to be perfect, but he’ll learn from his mistakes. I wasn’t sure he could get there, but he got off the floor quick and was able to dunk it.”

The Sixers will look to rebound after a 107-98 loss Friday night on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

“The ball didn’t move the way it should’ve been moved, and then we didn’t attack. We kept settling, passing the ball around the 3-point line, but we never actually got to the paint.”

Attacking the zone defense has been an issue for the Sixers all season.

If the Sixers hope to find a way to win against the Bulls, they must conquer this weakness. “It’s been a few times this year we’ve been pretty bad against the zone. If we don’t get Joel a touch in the middle of the paint, front of the rim, then we rarely get a good shot. We have to figure out some other options out of that zone.”

The Sixers once again played without key injured role players Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz.

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