The Sixers will take the floor tonight against the Atlanta Hawks without Spencer Hawes manning the middle. Someone other than Hawes will lose the opening tip (most likely) for the third time this season. Hopefully, the Sixers can find a way to move the ball without Spence handling out above the foul line and pull off a win over an 11-4 opponent.
I said pretty much everything I had to say in the preview, so I'll leave you with one final point. It's imperative that Joe Johnson is not allowed to get off to a quick start. Doug Collins needs to start Iguodala on Johnson. Meeks can't handle him and Johnson is the type of guy who is hard to slow down once he gets on a roll. If Meeks does wind up guarding Johnson, expect to see Johnson take Meeks down to the blocks and work him over.
The tip is at 7pm. This is your game thread. Join me if you love nothing more than watching NBA hoops on Friday nights.
Prediction: PHI 95, ATL 87