Depleted 76ers return home to face Pistons

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking for their league-best 29th victory in 31 home games when they host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.Philadelphia continues to be one of the most erratic teams in the league with a 28-2 record at home and 10-24 on the road.The shorthanded Sixers, who are without Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (back), just completed a 1-3 road trip with losses to the Lakers and Clippers in Los Angeles and Golden State Warriors with a win over the Sacramento Kings sprinkled in.Embiid has missed the past five games, Simmons has been out for the past seven and guard Josh Richardson (concussion) has sat for three straight. Richardson’s status is unknown for Wednesday’s game.Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Al Horford had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists but the Sixers still couldn’t oust the depleted Warriors last Saturday, losing 118-114. But the Sixers will now be playing at home, where they’re nearly unbeatable.”I mean, at this point in the season, when you see that there’s fewer and fewer games, you have to handle business,” Horford told “What’s most frustrating about this one (loss to Warriors) was that we were in control most of the game. It’s dangerous when you kind of let a team keep hanging and hanging.”Beginning Wednesday, the Sixers will play five of their next six games at home, yet they’re still reeling from the distasteful loss to the Warriors, who have the league’s worst record.”No one is going to punt it around and not treat it as a way to not admit stuff and get better,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. “But it would’ve been great to win and then go home.”The struggling Pistons will be hoping to avoid a fifth consecutive loss. They’re only 9-23 on the road this season.