The Philadelphia 76ers were able to come away with a 113-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on their road trip, but the focus is now on the starting lineup when it comes to this group.
Coach Doc Rivers made a switch to the lineup on Sunday as he inserted De’Anthony Melton into the unit despite having Tyrese Maxey and everybody healthy. Considering Maxey has had some defensive issues since returning from a left foot fracture, one had to have seen this coming for Philadelphia.
After the win, Rivers revealed that there will be three starting lineups the Sixers will turn to for the foreseeable future. With that being said, it’s time to predict which lineups Philadelphia will turn to.
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Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid
This will still be a lineup Rivers will turn to for Philadelphia. The Sixers will want to grow this unit and have them continue to play together and grow chemistry for the future when the playoffs come around. The talent with this group is immense and it would be beneficial for Philadelphia if they rolled this lineup out on a semi-regular basis.
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Lineup: Harden, Melton, Harris, Tucker, Embiid
This is where Melton comes in. The Sixers acquired him to provide top-notch defense and also knock down the 3-ball which he has done thus far in the 2022-23 season. Philadelphia will be looking to have him continue to make that defensive impact. Especially, when they face some of the elite guards in the East such as Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young, Kyrie Irving, and others.
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Lineup: Harden, Maxey, Melton, Harris, Embiid
This will be a lineup Philadelphia will turn to when they want to push the pace. Having three ball handlers in the lineup obviously helps and there is shooting all over the floor to surround Embiid with. The Sixers will use this lineup in order to force opponents to switch up their style of play and adjust to what they want to do.