Jrue vs. Ty Lawson. Melo vs. Iguodala. How will the Sixers come back from their dreadful collapse against the Grizzlies? If you needed a reason to watch a Sunday evening game, this one has plenty. Brief preview, long game thread to follow.
- PG: Jrue Holiday vs. The reason Ty Lawson hasn't been exposed yet
- SG: Jodie Meeks vs. Aaron Afflalo
- SF: Andre Iguodala vs. Carmelo Anthony
- PF: Elton Brand vs. Shelden Williams
- C: Spencer Hawes vs. Nene Hilario (Nene is listed as questionable)
Denver appears to be extremely thin in the front court heading into this one. Nene is listed as questionable, Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen are all expected to miss the game. Don't be surprised if you see George Karl use Melo at the four for stretches, especially when Thad is in the game.
Brand should be able to do work on whoever is guarding him. If Nene misses the game, our front court has a dominant edge, which is something you never see with the Sixers. Hopefully they can take advantage. The reasons to watch for me are clearly the Melo/Iguodala matchup. Iguodala has basically stoned every dominant wing scorer he's gone up against this season, Melo is a different animal altogether. Should be fun.
Here are some splits courtesy of GoSixers for tonight's game.
Sixers at Home - 110.8
Denver on Road - 109.2
Sixers at Home - 50%
Denver on Road - 50.1%
Sixers at Home - 12.0%
Denver on Road - 14.5%
Sixers at Home - 23.4%
Denver on Road - 29.8%
Sixers at Home - 98.8
Denver on Road - 102.7
Sixers at Home - 74.8%
Denver on Road - 74.8%
Sixers at Home - 24.7%
Denver on Road - 23.0%
Sixers at Home - 90.8
Denver on Road - 95.2
PHI 101, DEN 96. I think they bounce back and take a relatively close one.
The tip is at 6pm. This is your game thread, I'll be right here throughout, join me to say farewell to the weekend, hopefully in style.