The 76ers have won five of their last six games against the New Orleans Hornets, including their last matchup on November 7th. In their last matchup, the Sixers held the Hornets to just 62 points en route to a 77-62 victory in New Orleans. The 76ers have played good defense against the Hornets as they have only allowed the Hornets to score 100+ points in just one of their last 16 matchups. The Sixers five game losing streak which ended on Saturday was a season high. They are looking to win consecutive games for the first time since November 25-30th.
Who to Watch: Thad Young. Young was impressive on Saturday with his 18 point, 12 rebound performance against Houston. The double-double was his fifth in the last 12 games for the former first round pick. He has 10 double-doubles on the year after recording just one all of last season. Young is also taking care of the basketball with just one turnover this month in 234 minutes (seven games) which helps to compensate for Holiday’s turnovers.
The Hornets are coming off of a 100-87 to the Knicks on Sunday but, prior to that, they won four straight games. After losing 11 straight in December, New Orleans is 6-4 in their last 10 games. The hornets need to be conscious of their shots as they are 2-20 when their opponent outshoots them. They are 11-11 when holding their opponents to less than 100 points but 0-15 when their opponent tops the century mark. Luckily for New Orleans, the 76ers have only topped 100 points twice since December 21st (12 games). And, for the record, the Hornets are 0-4 on Tuesdays this year.
Who to Watch: Eric Gordon. Gordon returned from injury to make his first start of the year on January 5th against the Mavericks. He would lead New Orleans to a 99-96 victory with 14 points and four assists of his own. Gordon is coming off of a strong showing on Sunday against the Knicks as he scored 22 points while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists. He has recorded 22 or more points in three of the seven games he has played this year. He is averaging 16.6 points per game.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available for tonight’s Dollar Dog Night presented by Dietz & Watson. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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