After 2 days off, the fully rested Sixers squad heads into North Carolina in a matchup against the Bobcats. After being obliterated on Monday by the Thunder, the Bobcats put up a valiant fight tonight (Wednesday) but lost to the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers are coming off their 2nd straight victory after 2 nail-biters between the Suns and Mavs.
I feel like this one could get ugly, very early. The Bobcats are in the bottom 3rd in defense and the Sixers offense is beginning to gel scoring 100+ in 3 straight games. If the Sixers can get the shots falling early and MAINTAIN a lead, we could see our starters on the bench in the 4th quarter. But, we have seen this team playing down to their competition (@ Cleveland, vs. DET) and going into enemy territory isn’t easy.
The Sixers must continue to get to the line like they did on Tuesday. They are shooting a 77% clip from there. Unfortunately, the Bobcats are 3rd in free throws made per game with over 20 (Sixers have just over 15). They like the contact. One other note: let the Bobcats shoot 3s. They are 26th in that category shooting a dreadful 30% from behind the arc.
Projected Starting Lineups:
Charlotte: PG Kemba Walker, SG Jeffery Taylor, SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, PF Byron Mullens, C Brendan Haywood
Philadelphia: PG Jrue Holiday, SG Jason Richardson, SF Evan Turner, PF Thaddeus Young, C Lavoy Allen
Ben Gordon- If there is a guy who can light it up shooting the ball, it’s this guy. He has decent history against the Sixers and the wily vet still averages about 13 a game. If Swaggy P has to cover him off the bench, he has his work cut out for him.
Jason Richardson- The only thing I got from J-Rich on Tuesday was he got off to a hot start but disappeared. If he is matched up with a guy like Jeffery Taylor, he has to move off the ball and lose him. Charlotte’s porous defense should leave J-Rich open for an abundance of open shots.
Sixers 98 Bobcats 83