The Philadelphia 76ers got a rare road win on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, so rare that it was just their second of the year and they lost 13 straight in between their two road victories on the season. Tonight they will take on the Denver Nuggets, a team that usually owns home court at the Pepsi Center. But this year the Nuggets are surprisingly only 7-7 at home. The Nuggets have lost four straight at home and have actually lost seven straight overall.
Something has to give here with two struggling teams and this is the perfect opportunity for the Sixers to accomplish the rare feat of winning back-to-back games.
The Nuggets are averaging only 91.8 points per game during the home losing streak and that will hopefully benefit the Sixers, one of the worst defensive teams of all time. For the Sixers to succeed on defense they need to get some more out of Spencer Hawes. The last two games he has been absolutely abused by below average players like Miles Plumlee and Jordan Hill. Hawes needs to do his best to keep JJ Hickson in check for the Sixers to keep the Nuggets scoring woes continuing.
On the offensive end the Sixers are happy to have Evan Turner back as he put in 22 points with seven rebounds and six assists after missing one game with a knee injury. They also need to continue to ride the hot streak of Thaddeus Young, who has been scorching since the rumors of his trade request. He is averaging nearly 25 points per game in his last five. Regardless of the situation, Thad is the heart and soul of this team and when he’s clicking the rest of the team seems to play hard as well.
At the beginning of this year when you circled this game on the schedule, you thought the young Sixers had no chance of winning. But coming off of a road win, coupled with the Nuggets’ struggles of late, it’s not too farfetched to think they have a chance.