It’s Dollar Dog Night as the Philadelphia 76ers try to end their seven game losing streak as they take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Sixers have had multiple days to regroup after two consecutive 30 + point losses, including the 36 point lost to Nets on Monday in which shooting guard Joe Johnson torched the Sixers for 37 points making 10 shots from beyond the arch. Coming into tonight’s game, the Nets have won the last five out of six meetings.
The Sixers have a 7-19 record, which makes them last in the weak Atlantic Division, while the Nets (9-16) are third in the Atlantic. Surprisingly, the Sixers are second in the Eastern Conference in point per game with 101.6 but they also give up the NBA’s worst 111 points per game.
The Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter Williams will be a game-time decision as he has missed the last seven games due to a skin infection and soreness of the right knee. As a leading candidate for Rookie Of the Year, MCW is averaging 17.7 PPG, 7.3 assists per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and an NBA leading 3.1 steals per game. Sixers are a dismal 1-10 without MCW in the starting lineup.
The Nets will be without leading rebounder Kevin Garnett as head coach Jason Kidd gave him the night off after playing him the entire 4th quarter in their last game Wednesday night. Garnett, 37 years young, is having the worst statistical seasons in his 18 year career. Garnett is shooting just 37.9% from the field, averaging 6.5 point per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. His poor numbers could be do to the fact that his minutes are down to 22.1 minutes per game.
After shocking the world by beating the Miami Heat in the season opener and starting the season 3-0, the Sixers have dropped the last 19 out of 23 games.
Tip-off for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:00 PM Eastern Standard time.