Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons Preview

Game Info: 7:00 pm ET – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to rebound from a disappointing home loss against the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the week, while the Detroit Pistons come to town looking for their first win of the season. At 0-8, the Pistons are one of only two winless teams left in the NBA and are alone in last place in the Central Division. The Sixers enter the game with a 4-3 record which puts them in a tie with the Boston Celtics for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Jrue Holiday enters the game as the Sixers leading scoring, pouring in just over 19 points per game. Holiday is also currently third in the league in assists but first in turnovers, committing 6 per contest. Holiday could be an all-star this season if he finds a way to limit the turnovers while continuing to produce in other areas. Another Sixer to keep an eye on tonight is Jason Richardson, who returned to the lineup against Milwaukee after missing the previous four games with an ankle injury and scored 20 points in 36 minutes. Richardson provides Philadelphia with a solid perimeter defender and shot-maker, something they desperately missed in his absence.

The Pistons have gotten solid contributions from third year big man Greg Monroe, whose all-around play makes him one of the toughest interior players in the league. But Detroit is awfully thin after Monroe, both in stature and talent. Second year point guard Brandon Knight is improved from last season, averaging 11 points and a team high 6.5 assists but shooting just 35%. No one else on the Pistons’ roster has played up to their potential this season.

The 76ers are still without center Andrew Bynum, who is expected to begin practicing in a couple of weeks. Spencer Hawes has done a more than adequate job holding down the middle until the big offseason acquisition returns. The Pistons have been without forward Corey Maggette all season, but may have him back in the lineup tonight. Maggette, acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats in an offseason trade that sent Ben Gordon to Charlotte, is recovering from a calf injury and is listed as questionable for tonight’s game.

The Sixers need a win to keep pace in a competitive Atlantic Division, and should have no problem dealing with the young Pistons. Look for Holiday to have his way with Knight all game long. Another mismatch for Philly is on the wings, where Thaddeus Young and Dorell Wright are too athletic and dynamic offensively for Pistons forwards Tayshaun Prince and  Jonas Jerebko. Philadelphia should take this game rather easily, 97-83.



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