Last time these teams met: The Pistons defeated the 76ers 94-76 on November 14th.
The Detroit Pistons are coming into tonight’s game with a 7-15 record and not a 0-8 record. The Sixers on the other hand, have a record of 11-9 and just split a home and home series with Boston Celtics on Friday and Saturday.
The leading scorer for the Pistons is center Greg Monroe who is averaging 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. For the Sixers, leading the way in scoring is Jrue Holiday who is averaging 17.7 points and 9.0 assists per game.
On the injury front, the Pistons are pretty much healthy for the most part but the Sixers are hurting. For the past few games, they have been without the likes of Nick Young, Royal Ivey, and Kwame Brown.
For tonight’s game hopefully the Sixers get back Nick Young who they have been missing his absence greatly. With backup point guard Royal Ivey not playing; rookie point guard Maalik Wayns has gotten a chance to play. In Saturday’s game versus the Celtics, Wayns played pretty well and made some nice plays. In 10 minutes off the bench, he scored seven points.
But what the Sixers need to watch out for is Pistons point guard Brandon Knight. On Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knight scored a career high 30 points, had seven rebounds and five assists as the Pistons would go onto win 104-97.
This will be another test for Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday as he will be going against another young point guard in Brandon Knight. Hopefully, the Sixers play a better game this time versus Pistons because if not we might see a repeat of last month’s game.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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