Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers could make history tonight against Atlanta Hawks

Glen Mclaughlin
April 12, 2018

"Me, 100 percent", Simmons said Sunday (AEDT), via ESPN . The only way you can hope to battle that kind of special talent, is with unlimited defensive versatility, and that is exactly what the Celtics looked for in their youth.

Over the course of the winning streak, Simmons is averaging a triple-double with 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.9 assists per game.

Simmons, the Melbourne-born 21-year-old, who became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double over a 10-plus game win streak, warned the Sixers are yet to peak - with injured All-Star centre Joel Embiid still to return to the team. His tweet shortly after the article was published?

The Hawks are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings but I'm sticking with the 76ers who have already beaten the Hawks by 10 points twice this season.

Ben Simmons, who is averaging 16 points and 8.2 assists per game and is doing a very credible job of making us all believe in The Process, declared himself the obvious choice for Rookie of the Year in an interview with ESPN this week. One could easily assume that it was in reaction to what Simmons said, which included him responding "None" when asked what rookies have caught his attention.

"Fresh Prince X King James", Simmons wrote as a caption to a picture of he and LeBron James embracing after the 76ers pulled off the win.

If that isn't enough to make Simmons the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year, then I don't know what is.

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Mitchell has helped put Utah in a similar position.

This can definitely be construed as an insult to Mitchell yet Simmons doesn't want to hear it.

The Philadelphia 76ers are a -10 favorite in this game, 86.3% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread.

The win also guarantees Philadelphia home court advantage for the start of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games, 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

He also disputed that he wasn't really a rookie since he was drafted two years ago.

Mitchell, as well as others around the league, don't share Simmons' belief that he's the clear choice for the award. Mitchell leads all the first-year players in scoring, but that's his only advantage. Atlanta is 9 in the league with 11.2 made three pointers a night and tied for 15 in three point shooting as the team hits 36.1 percent from beyond the arc. Their two biggest stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will miss the postseason and even though the team is still a potent squad led by rookie Jason Tatum and veteran big man Al Horford Philly is getting a big break in a potential second round bout. "But at the same time, we got two more games left and want to stay where we're at".

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