Pregame: Sixers vs Jazz

Feb 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown speaks to point guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-80. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After being completely annihilated by the Clippers and Warriors in historic fashion, the Sixers are in Utah to take on the Jazz in a battle of epic tanking proportions.

Losing by 40+ to the Warriors and Clippers is the equivalent of losing to the Jazz by 10+ points, which looks entirely possible with the way the Sixers have been playing lately.

Via Keith Pompey of Philly.com, we have the probable starting lineups for tonight’s game:

PROBABLE STARTERS

SIXERS (15-37)

12 Evan Turner F 6-7  17.4 ppg. 6.0 rpg.

21 Thaddeus Young F 6-8 17.1 ppg. 2.1 spg.

00 Spencer Hawes C 7-1 13.1 ppg. 8.5 rpg.

9 James Anderson G 6-6 9.8 ppg. 4.0 rpg.

1  Michael Carter-Williams G 6-6 17.1 ppg. 2.12 spg.

JAZZ (18-33)

24 Richard Jefferson F 6-7 9.9 ppg. 2.9 rpg.

2  Marvin Williams  F 6-9 10.3 ppg. 5.4 rpg

15  Derrick Favors C 6-10 13.2 ppg. 9.2  rpg.

20 Gordon Hayward G 6-8 16.3 ppg. 5.0 apg.

3  Trey Burke, G 6-1 12.6 ppg. 5.6apg.
Michael Carter-Williams vs Trey Burke will be interesting to watch. Both are candidates for Rookie of the Year, even though MCW is the obvious run-away selection. Despite their record, the Jazz have a half decent roster with Favors, Hayward and Burke. Arguably more talent than MCW, Hawes and Turner. Or whatever combination of three Sixers you can chose from.

The perfect outcome of tonight is Michael Carter-Williams having an exceptional performance, with the Sixers losing by double digits. Or digits, or a digit. I don’t care, just lose!
So, this is a battle of the tanks. Which team will be able to tank more tonight? Either the Sixers come out hungry after being poached by the Clips and Dubs, or they continue to lay down like they have this month.
Maybe Evan Turner raises his trade value, without hitting a game winner. Who the hell knows what will happen tonight. All I know is that the trade deadline is EIGHT DAYS AWAY.

Topics: 76ers, Evan Turner, Michael Carter-Williams, NBA, NBA Draft 2013, Philadelphia 76ers, Sixers, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young

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