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And so the Sixers open in New Orleans tonight without Simmons. Shake Milton is ruled out via injury, so Tyrese Maxey will be the primary ball handler. The only other option they have is to let Seth Curry run point and then insert Matisse Thybulle into the starting lineup and let him and Danny Green play on the wing. Doc Rivers will have to stagger tonight and get creative with Simmons and Milton both out.

The Sixers are hovering around a -160 favorite tonight, which feels like good value to me. NOLA does not have Zion Williamson, and it’s their first game under new head coach Willie Green. Yes, that Willie Green. They’re playing at home but not expected to do diddly poo this season, and unless Jonas Valanciunas gives Joel Embiid a hard time, the latter should have a big game.

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