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10 stats ahead of NBA TV doubleheader: Dec. 1

Get ready for NBA TV's Wednesday doubleheader with five key stats to know about each matchup.

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Matisse Thybulle is averaging 3.8 deflections per game this season.

Philadelphia 76ers (11-10) at Boston Celtics (11-10), 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

• In his first two games since missing three weeks due to COVID health and safety protocols, Joel Embiid has averaged 29.0 points while shooting 41% from the field, 13.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals in 37.6 minutes per game.

• Matisse Thybulle (3.8) and Marcus Smart (3.3) rank fifth and eighth, respectively, in deflections per game this season. Thybulle’s 2.2 steals per game leads the league, while Smart ranks fourth at 2.1 spg. Despite having two of the league’s top thieves, the Sixers and Celtics are tied for 24th in points off turnovers at 14.3 ppg.

• Joel Embiid leads the NBA in clutch scoring average as he has posted 6.3 ppg in six games featuring clutch situations. Embiid is shooting 45.8% (11-24) from the field, 66.7% (4-6) from 3-point range and 70.6% (12-17) from the free throw line in 30 total clutch minutes.

• Jayson Tatum is looking to bounce back from a rough shooting night in Boston’s win over Toronto on Sunday as he finished with eight points on 2-16 (12.5%) shooting from the field. It is one of only four games in his career when he’s attempted at least 15 shots and shot lower than 15%. On a positive note for the Celtics, Tatum has bounced back strong after each of those first three games as he’s averaged 28.3 points on 56.1% (32-57) shooting from the field, 47.1% (8-17) from three and 86.7% (13-15) from the free throw line to lead Boston to three wins.

• The Sixers swept the season series with the Celtics last season with Joel Embiid averaging 38.3 ppg over the three-game series. Philadelphia has won seven of the last eight regular season matchups, dating back to March 2019. However, the postseason has been a different story, with the Celtics winning 10 of the last 11 games against the Sixers and have won five straight head-to-head series dating back to 1985.

In three head-to-head meetings last season, Paul George averaged 22.5 ppg for the Clippers and De’Aaron Fox averaged 25.0 ppg for the Kings.

Sacramento Kings (8-14) at LA Clippers (11-10), 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

• Paul George ranks fourth in the NBA in points on pull-up field goals (10.7 ppg) and second in attempts (12.0 per game). His 44.3 effective field goal percentage on pull-ups is down from 51.0% last season, which was his top mark since player tracking data was introduced in 2013-14.

• The Clippers lead the league in rim protection so far this season, holding opponents to 59.5% shooting at the basket. The Clippers are holding opponents 3.3 percentage points lower than their normal field goal percentage on shots within six feet.

• Sacramento’s Richaun Holmes ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (71.2%) and third in second-chance points (3.9 ppg). Only 10 of Holmes’ 170 field goal attempts have come from outside the paint.

• Buddy Hield ranks second in the NBA in total 3-pointers made (86), trailing only Stephen Curry (108). Hield is in a bit of a long-distance shooting slump; over the past three games, he’s shooting just 5-28 (17.9%) from beyond the arc.

• The Clippers are 6-3 in games featuring clutch time compared to the Kings at 5-9. Paul George (26 points on 52.9%-40%-100% shooting splits) and Reggie Jackson (22 points on 46.2%-50%-87.5% shooting splits) have accounted for 63.2% of LA’s total clutch points so far this season (48 of 76).