The Sixers have been playing great basketball through their first eight games. They are off to their best start since 2000-2001 when they reached the NBA Finals and have won five straight games. The Sixers have bought into Doug Collins system by playing incredible defense. They are tops in the NBA in points allowed at 85.6 per game and fifth in points per game with 100.3. The Sixers are playing good defense in combination with good ball movement and solid fundamentals. Starting C Spencer Hawes has really stepped up for the Sixers. He is becoming the physical presence the Sixers thought they were getting when they traded Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento for Hawes and Andres Nocioni. Hawes is averaging 12.5 PPG and 10.3 RPG. The offensive and rebounding presence that Hawes provides down low is giving players like Iguodala, Jodie Meeks, Jrue, Holiday, and Lou Williams open looks on the outside.
The Sixers are really clicking and have topped ESPN NBA analyst John Hollinger’s Power Rankings today. As well as the Sixers are playing, the Kings have been the opposite. The Kings have lost three of their last four and are second to last in points allowed per game at 102.3 PPG. It is a homecoming of sorts for Kings PG Tyreke Evans as he returns to the city he grew up in. Former BYU standout and current Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette makes his Philadelphia debut tonight.
Tip-off is at 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on the radio on 94.1 WIP.
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