Pregame: Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers Preview

Dec 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams (25) passes the ball under pressure from Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The 76ers are ready to go home. They’ll make one last road stop in Portland. And this has the potential to be a long night. But, that’s what we all want, maybe.

Sixers have won three straight on the road and overall. Slap me in the face if I’m the only one that didn’t anticipate this run. During their 13 game losing streak on the road, they looked terrible. Sure, the teams they beat aren’t exactly good, but, a streak is a streak. Can they take the Blazers on?

Three point shooting. The Blazers have been shooting like crazy from the perimeter. They’ve already had a few historic nights out there including setting and NBA regular season record for three-point percentage in a game. They lead the league in three-point percentage at 40.5 percent. This team can shoot. Meanwhile, Sixers all season have given up lots of looks from out there. They are worst in defending the perimeter allowing teams to shoot 42.2 percent. It’s almost the perfect storm at this point.

The Blazers have the clear advantage there. Is there anything the Sixers excel in that can counter? I can’t find it yet. The rebounding battle is very even. The Blazers average more points than the Sixers per game. Blazers shoot a better field goal percentage. The Blazers are also a formidable defensive team. I would’ve said that the Sixers should attack the rim but Blazers are third in committing the least amount of fouls. Still, the Sixers are one of the worst at the line so would it matter? For the record, guess who’s number one in that area? Blazers.

I won’t lie, this game has blowout written all over it, in my opinion. Just on paper though. Anything can happen. But, the Blazers didn’t get the best record in the West playing around with weak teams like the Sixers. I can’t imagine the Blazers sleeping on them. Last time they met, almost a month ago, the Sixers lost 139-105. So yeah, I see repeat.

But, what do you think? Sixers have a chance or what? The game is on TCN and starts at 10pm. Gotta love those late games, right? Shoutout to me on Twitter @DanteWrites if you’ll join me watching the game.

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