Dec 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) shoots a jump shot over the defense of Los Angeles Lakers guard Chris Duhon (21) during the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Lakers defeated the Sixers 111-98. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame: Sixers in LA to face Lakers

With the Eagles playing tonight, I’m guessing that a total of five people will be watching this game. I bet even less people will read this post, but that’s life! (FYI, you can find Sixers vs. Lakers tickets here if you’re actually in Los Angeles and want to see Philly live.)

The Sixers are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers, who are 13-17 on the season. The Sixers lost last night to the Suns, 115-101. Defense is obviously still a problem for the Sixers.

The Lakers come in on a four-game losing streak, while the Sixers have a 13-game losing streak on the road. To put this in perspective, the Sixers haven’t won a road game since November 1st against the Wizards. Something will have to give tonight.

The Lakers are banged up with Kobe Bryant, Steven Nash and Steve Blake missing significant time. Pau Gasol also missed the Lakers last game and is a game-time decision for tonight. Chris Kaman is also a game-time decision tonight, due to an ankle injury suffered in the Lakers last game.

Evan Turner missed last night’s game due to a sore right knee and had the following to say about playing tonight (via nba.com):

“I think I might have aggravated it the past couple days in practice maybe,” said Turner, who missed his first game this season. “I think coach was just being precautionary. I was going to try to play tonight but he thought it’d be a better idea for me to play tomorrow and take it from there as opposed to playing catch-up.”

Michael Carter-Williams added 27 points in a loss last night, but was disappoined with the Sixers defense.

“We’re not going to win games giving up 30 fast-break points,” Carter-Williams said. “So we’ve got to get back on mistakes, and that starts with me getting back and when I get back, that leads everyone else getting back.”

It’s good to see the rookie taking some responsibility for the defensive struggles.

Sixers fans will see a couple familiar faces on the court tonight. One is none other than Nick Young aka “Swaggy P”. Young averaged 10.6 PPG in 59 games for Philly last season. In the last seven games with the Lakers, Swaggy P is averaging 20.9 PPG. Young is picking up a lot of the scoring lost without Kobe Bryant. Without the Black Mamba in uniform, the biggest threat the Lakers have is Nick Young, especially with the rash of injuries.

The Lakers also have former Sixers guard, Jodie Meeks, who signed a deal with the Lakers in the off-season.

Can the Sixers win?

If Pau and Kaman are out, the Sixers should have a good shot to win this game. I have a feeling Swaggy P will want to torch the Sixers and will come out shooting. But when doesn’t he come out shooting? I would like to see the Sixers take this one, they need a road victory sooner or later. I’m predicting a Sixers win, 105-98.

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