Philadelphia 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night 6pm Est at the Wells Fargo Center. The game will be on CSN and NBA TV.

Oct 17, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) boxes out Philadelphia 76ers center Lavoy Allen (50) during the third quarter at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Cavaliers 113-99. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

This is going to be an interesting game on at least one side of the ball. Sixers have one of the best defenses in the league while the Cavs have a top offensive game. So yeah, this will be interesting for sure. Cavs have lost 5 in a row. But that’s not the only losing streak they have. They lost all 3 games last season to the Sixers, and have lost 5 in a row overall to the Sixers.

Sixers meanwhile have been a little inconsistent with their play. You beat a tough Celtics team but then get blown out by the lowly Pistons? Yeah, okay. I said in the power rankings earlier that I feel the Sixers would split the two meetings with the Cavs this week. But I don’t know which game the Sixers will win.

Sixers will need to play their solid defense in order to have a chance. Again, Cavs have one of the better offenses in the league mainly because of Kyrie Irving. And just as other good PG’s, the Sixers will have to stop guard penetration. It’s really odd because the Sixers rank 3rd in the NBA in opponents’ points per game at 91.3 but the Sixers score only 89.2 points per game and that’s good enough for 29th place. So yes, Sixers’ strength is on defense.

Rebounding will always be a  concern too. I knew it on the first game of the season. Kenneth Faried abused the Sixers in the paint with his offensive rebounding and points in the paint off of put backs. And he was up against Lavoy Allen and Thad Young, both of which are not very good rebounders.

So basically each game of the season will probably go down like this: Offense and rebounding. Sound familiar? Yeah, we’ve had these problems for years now. Bynum was suppose to help fill that gap of rebounding and offense. So until he’s on the court, Sixers will just continue to have problems in that area.

Since Sixers are home, I’ll give them the win tonight. Do it Sixers. Do it big.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Game Previews, Philadelphia 76ers

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