Following their win over Toronto, the Sixers would lose their next two games at home to the Milwaukee Bucks and previously winless Detroit Pistons. Since the loss to the Pistons on Wednesday, the Sixers have won each of their last two games and are looking for their second three game winning streak of the year. If the Sixers are going to continue playing .600 basketball, they are going to need to start scoring more efficiently. They rank 29th in shooting percentage (41%) with only Washington shooting a worse percentage from the field. The Sixers have scored 100 or more points just once all year in a 106-100 win on November 9th.
Who to Watch: Evan Turner. The second overall pick in 2010, Turner has been all over the place this season. He has had some dismal performances like last week against Detroit when he shot 1-for-6 from the field and only registered three points. He also shown signs of brilliance that reminds the fans of who they thought they were getting when they drafted him. Turner is coming off one of those brilliant performances where he scored 19 points and added nine assists (career high) and six rebounds while shooting 8-for-12 from the field. He will most likely be guarded by the 6’9’’Dominic McGuire.
The Raptors have not gotten off to the start that some people had hoped. They are without starting point guard Kyle Lowry who is out with a sprained ankle. Without Lowry, backup point guard Jose Calderon has taken control of the offense. After a slow start, the 31 year old has found his niche distributing the ball. He has had double digit assists in four of his last five games including a season high 18 assists Sunday in a win over the struggling Magic. The Raptors are 1-4 on the road this season with their only win coming in a 74-72 victory over the Indiana Pacers last Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Who to Watch: DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan was the ninth overall selection in the 2009 draft and has started to come into his own this year. He leads the team in scoring averaging 19.0 points per game and 20 points per game in the month of November. He is coming off of one of his best all around performances of the year. He scored 20 points and grabbed a team high nine rebounds in a 97-86 win against Orlando. Jason Richardson or Evan Turner will be tasked with guarding the 6’7” shooting guard.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available for the game. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet or heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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