Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs Charlotte Bobcats
What: NBA Basketball – 76ers Home Game
When: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Wells Fargo Center
|Philadelphia||21-27||98.9 (28)||101.9 (12)||93 (22)|
|Charlotte||11-38||98.5 (29)||108.6 (30)||94.5 (13)|
Philadelphia: Thaddeus Young (OUT), Jason Richardson (OUT)
|PG||Jrue Holiday||Kemba Walker|
|SG||Evan Turner||Gerald Henderson|
|SF||Nick Young||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist|
|PF||Kwame Brown||Byron Mullens|
|C||Spencer Hawes||Bismack Biyombo|
|6th Man||Lavoy Allen||Ramon Sessions|
— The first matchup of the season between these two didn’t see an abundance of defense. Philadelphia shot 51.2% for the game and Jason Richardson made four 3’s. Now, this is a Sixers team that is without Richardson as Nick Young tries to fill the void.
Also, in the first matchup the Bobcats had 19 fast break points, opposed to Philadelphia with just 4. The Doug Collins coached Sixers want to slow the game down, but the Cats can counter this by really looking to push the tempo tonight against Phila. The best offense against a team with a stingy half-court defense is to not allow their defense to get set by beating them down the floor. I could see Dunlap sacrificing a defensive rebounder consistently tonight in order to create an advantage in the open floor. Considering the Sixers are currently without their leading rebounder, Thaddeus Young, to a hamstring strain, this may be a strategy that’s worth while. Ultimate question, though, will be if the Bobcats have enough legs after last night to get out and run against Philadelphia.
3- PICK IT: Do the Bobcats pull even with the Sixers tonight in Philadelphia?
Spencer: No. I would probably be inclined to take Charlotte if they weren’t coming off their second loss of the season to a team that they led by at least 17 points in both games. I see a flat Charlotte team tonight, similar to the one we all had to suffer through in Cleveland last week. The way the Sixers play won’t induce a blowout such as the one against Cleveland, but I do see the Sixers making it as close to impossible to score in the half court as the Cats have seen all season. Doug Collins is good about getting his teams to not play down to their opponent and taking care of the games they’re supposed to win. 90-82 Sixers.
Brett: I’ll take the Bobcats to even things up, since they’ve cleared their injury list finally, and the Sixers are starting to fill theirs up. Jason Richardson was a big part of Philly’s win the first time around, making multiple threes against the Bobcats’ slow to rotate defense. With J-Rich out and Thaddeus Young not cleaning up the glass and closing off the paint on defense, I think Charlotte uses last night’s disappointment as a springboard to a victory.