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Sixers’ Josh Richardson probable to face Nuggets after missing 6 games

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Philadelphia 76ers combo guard Josh Richardson is probable to face the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Richardson has missed the previous six games for the Sixers due to a hamstring injury:

The Sixers are 17-7 on the season, which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

In his first season in Philly, Richardson is averaging 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 16 games. He’s shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Sixers are 10-6 when Richardson plays. Their offensive rating drops from 111.4 to 109.1 when Richardson isn’t on the floor, per Basketball-Reference.

Since it’s a long season and the Sixers have championship aspirations, it was smart for the organization to be careful with Richardson. After all, hamstring injuries are very tricky to deal with since they can flare up at any moment. Richardson was only going to return to the lineup once he was at 100 percent and felt comfortable moving on the court.

Led by All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Philadelphia has a good shot at winning the East this season. Most pundits believe the Milwaukee Bucks will meet Philly in the Eastern Conference Finals, which would definitely be a fun series should that happen.