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Joel Embiid remains out Friday vs. Magic with foot injury

The 76ers big man is the latest to experience an injury.

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Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The Philadelphia 76ers cannot beat the injury bug at the moment and big man Joel Embiid is the latest to deal with a setback. The center is expected to miss at least two games with a foot injury, adding to Philadelphia’s problems in the immediate term.

Joel Embiid injury updates

Thursday, November 24 update: Embiid remains out for Friday’s game against the Magic with a foot sprain that kept him out for the last two games. The 76ers have some major injury issues right now and there will be little relief Friday with Embiid still out.

Embiid has already missed time this season with an illness and knee injury but this latest setback comes at a poor time. Tyrese Maxey and James Harden are both out for at least the next two weeks, and Tobias Harris is also dealing with a nagging hip issue. That puts the Sixers down at least three starters for the next two games and potentially four if Harris can’t suit up.

Fantasy basketball impact

Paul Reed and Montrezl Harrell will be the primary big men for Philadelphia while Embiid is out. PJ Tucker might also get some minutes as a small-ball center but the Sixers will primarily roll with Reed and Harrell.

Betting impact

It’s interesting how Embiid will miss Tuesday’s game against the Nets, which happens to be Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia. It might be best to fade the 76ers in both of these games, especially if Harris is also sidelined.