The Sixers has won their last three games against the Bobcats including going 2-0 in Charlotte last season. Last season the Sixers started 11-4 but their 9-6 record is their second best start to the season since 2003. The Sixers kick off back-to-back road games tonight in Charlotte before they travel to Chicago to play the Bulls tomorrow. The other night continued the Sixers streak of scoring 100 points. They have scored 100 points in each of their last three games and four of their last five games. The defense is what is helping to pace the Sixers this season. They rank seventh in team defense and are 2-4 when allowing 100 or more points. So, essentially, the key to beating the Bobcats is keeping them under 100 points.
Who to Watch: Nick Young. Young has struggled of late. After dropping 23 points against the Toronto Raptors on November 20 and following it up on the 21st scoring 13 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has dropped off drastically. He has scored a grand total of 14 points combined over the last three games. After going 3-for-8 against the Raptors, he has gone 2-for-9 in the four games since. He is shooting just 31.6% over the last three games.
The Bobcats feature a starting lineup that includes No. 2 overall pick and Camden, NJ native, Michael Kidd Gilchrist. The Bobcats will look to Kidd-Gilchrist to end their current two game skid. They are coming off of a 94-91 loss In Atlanta to the Hawks. On Monday, the Bobcats got absolutely walloped 114-69 by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite the two tough losses, the Bobcats are off to their best 14 game start (7-7) in franchise history. The needed only 12 games to match their win total from last year, when they went 7-59, which is the fastest in NBA history.
Who to Watch: Kemba Walker. The ninth overall selection in the 2011 draft, Walker is not the prototypical NBA point guard. He was a go-to scorer at the University of Connecticut and at 6’1” he has transitioned into a hybrid score first point guard. This year he is averaging 16.5 points, 5.6 points, and 3.8 rebounds per game. He is a stalwart on the defensive end ranking seventh in the NBA in steals.
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Jason Richardson
SF – Evan Turner
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Lavoy Allen
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at Time Warner Cable Arena. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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