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Philadelphia 76ers Have Chance Of Starting Win Streak Against Upcoming Opponents

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The Philadelphia 76ers have a high chance of going on a four-game winning streak. They can begin their winning streak against the New Orleans Pelicans tonight, then continue it on until they face the Denver Nuggets. All their upcoming opponents, including the Pelicans have similar records as the Sixers and play under .500.

The Sixers currently have a two-game losing streak and are 2-8 after the last 10 games. They started out hot, but have fallen off since. They’re 6-10 at this point.

The Pelicans game will be tough since it will be Jrue Holiday’s return to Philadelphia. Holiday will play extra hard against his former team. Plus the Pelicans have a similar record at 6-8.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is having an All-Star season averaging a double-double, 19.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.86 blocks per game. The Sixers will have their hands full defending Holiday and Davis. However, the Pelicans lost their last two games as well and are playing the Sixers in Philadelphia.

Then the Sixers play the Detroit Pistons away. The Pistons are 6-9 lacking a pure scorer. Rodney Stuckey leads the Pistons with 16.6 points and point guard Brandon Jennings is averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 assists so the Sixers backcourt can take advantage of the Pistons lack of scoring. They’ll have to worry about the middle.

Pistons center Andre Drummond averages 11.9 points and 11.8 rebounds. A good portion comes from the offensive end where he averages 4.4 offensive boards. The Sixers will have to focus on the front-court if they’re going to win.

The Sixers next two opponents are the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats. The Sixers will look to avenge Wednesday’s loss to the Magic at the Wells Fargo Center.

Once again the frontcourt will have to focus on Magic center Nikola Vucevic, who dominated the paint on Wednesday scoring 21 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking three shots. He will be tough to guard, but the Sixers will be prepared and the Magic backcourt will be missing former Saint Joseph’s University point and leading passer Jameer Nelson, who’s out with a foot injury.

The meeting with the Bobcats will be the first of the season between both teams. The Bobcats better record is worse than appears to be. They have beaten only one team that’s currently in playoff position, the Toronto Raptors.

The Bobcats are the worst team on the offensive end scoring a league-low 88.4 points per game. The only problem is the rank fourth in team defense allowing 92.4 points and the Sixers rank last in points allowed at 109.1 per game. This should make for an interesting game. The Sixers could take advantage of the Bobcats offensive woes.

Leading scorer Kemba Walker averages 16.4 points. Evan Turner, Michael Carter-Williams and Spencer Hawes average more points than Walker. A win should be warranted against the Bobcats.

The Sixers may take a major step back with these wins, then again it’s still early in the season and things can change.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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