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This series is all even at 32-32. Philly has won 4 of the last 5 games.
In the past 2 seasons plus the start to this season the Raps are just 12-20 vs the Atlantic Division, while the 76ers are just 16-15.
The Sixers beat the Boston Celtics last night in Boston. Last season they were 10-10 in the back-end game of a back-to-back.
The 76ers are 2-1 on the road while the Raps have their lone W at home.
The Raps 2012-13 winning percentage is off to a horrid start at .200. Only the Detroit Pistons (0-6) are worse currently.
The Raps starting back-court may both miss this game which would be fine with the Sixers as both have torched Philly in the past. Landry Fields is dealing with a hand issue, and Kyle Lowry is out of the walking boot but he is a game-time decision with an ankle issue. From downtown in their careers Fields is 7 for 13, and Lowry is 15 for 29. That is a combined 22 for 42 which is a whopping 52% from 3-ball range.
DeMar DeRozan is the opposite. He has taken 7 shots in his career from downtown vs Philly and has yet to make one.
Andrea Bargnani had his first good scoring game last time out (a loss to the Dallas Mavericks) but he was 0 for 5 from downtown. In his career vs Philly Bargnani averages 15 points per game, but he does shoot 40% from downtown vs Philly. Bargs is averaging 16 points per game this season and he should surely get at least 16 in this game.
Jrue Holiday averages 14.5 points and 6.5 assists vs the Raps. He usually contributes rebounds vs the Raps too. The Sixers are more dangerous when Holiday is a facilitator as opposed to needing him to score a lot of points. On the season he is 0.5 assists away from averaging a double-double so Jose Calderon and John Lucas III will have their hands full (if Lowry cannot play).
The 76ers are an excellent rebounding squad. The Raps are 0-4 this season when they are out-rebounded.
Ed Davis had 13 rebounds in a loss at home to the Sixers last season.
Dorell Wright was added in the off-season to be a sharp-shooter for Philly. He has struggled. Wright was 2 for 3 from downtown last night vs the Celtics, but is just 9 for 30 from 3-ball range this season. In his career he is just 7 for 23 from downtown vs the Raptors.
Thaddeus Young is now starting for Philly. His scoring is up slightly, and his rebounds are up with his extra minutes. Young traditionally does well vs the Raps. He averages 15 points per game vs the T-Dot which is his 2nd highest vs any team.
Andrew Bynum remains sidelined with knee issues. He has just 8 career blocks vs the Raps which is his lowest vs any team.
The Raps are allowing 100.0 points per game (24th in NBA) while the 76ers have been very good on defence yielding just 87 points per game (#3 in NBA).
Both teams are having to work too hard on offense. Neither team has a flow or rhythm just yet. These 2 teams are each in the bottom-5 for assists per game. As far as points per game the Raps are currently score 97 ppg (right in the middle of the pack at #15) while the Sixers are scoring a measly 83 points per game (lowest in NBA).
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