The Sixers are welcoming in a team that has just two wins in 12 road games but, unfortunately, one of those two wins came on November 14th as the 0-8 Pistons came into Philadelphia and manhandled the Sixers. The key for the Sixers is where they stand after three quarters. They are 10-0 when leading after three quarters and 1-9 when trailing heading into the fourth quarter. The Sixers have been outshot in their last four games. They are 9-1 when outshooting their opponents this year.
Who to Watch: Jason Richardson. Richardson struggled in Saturday’s loss scoring just eight points with a team high two turnovers and a team worst -16 scoring margin in 28 minutes of action. He is averaging 12.5 points per game while shooting 42.6% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. He is looking to improve his performance from deep. He has gone 3-for-19 from 3-point range over their last four games.
The Pistons first win of the season came on the Wells Fargo Center court back in mid November. They have won each of their last two meetings against Philadelphia. The Pistons are averaging 101 points per game in their last two wins after averaged 71.7 points per game in their previous three matchups against the Sixers. The Pistons are not losing a ton of low scoring games. They are limiting opponents to 86.7 points per game in their seven wins but 101.8 points per game in their 15 losses.
Player to Watch: Greg Monroe. Monroe was our player to watch the last time the Pistons came to town but he is so good and so crucial to the Pistons success that he gets the nod this time around too. Monroe scored a game high 19 points and grabbed a game high 18 rebounds the last time he was in Philadelphia. He is averaging 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. For a big man (6’11” 250 lbs), his ball handling is exceptional and he is a distributor. With the exception of nine trips to the line on Saturday against Cleveland, he has not been getting to the free throw line as frequently as we are used to seeing.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm. Tickets are still available for tonight and it is Dollar Dog Night. He game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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