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Al Horford to miss second straight game; Joel Embiid to play vs. Pelicans

The Philadelphia 76ers will once again be shorthanded on the frontline.

Big man Al Horford will miss his second straight contest — tonight’s home game vs. the Pelicans (7 ET, League Pass) — because of left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness. Horford sat out the Sixers’ 115-109 win against the Boston Celtics last night with the same injury.

However, Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid will play against New Orleans. That’s a rare sight because Embiid rarely plays in back-to-back games for Philly.

Embiid produced one of his best games of the year last night, notching a season-high 38 points along with 13 rebounds against Boston. The game was Horford’s first in Boston after the previous spending three seasons with the team. He received a standing ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard, and he acknowledged the crowd with a wave.

The Sixers, 19-7, have won four in a row and eight of their last 10 games. They are the No. 3 team in the Eastern Conference and trail the Milwaukee Bucks by 3 1/2 games.