Unfortunately, Baron Davis isn't expected to play tonight, but I had to use the new face of the franchise for the game thread art. The Sixers will take on the "streaking" Cavs, who made New York's defense look like...well, New York's defense the other night. Win this game the Sixes are probably tied for the #6 seed in the East by midnight.
- PG: Jrue Holiday vs. Ramon Sessions
- SG: Jodie Meeks vs. Anthony Parker
- SF: Andre Iguodala vs. Christian Eyenga
- PF: Elton Brand vs. Antawn Jamison
- C: Spencer Hawes vs. JJ Hickson
Only Milwaukee's wretched roster is keeping the Cavs from sporting the worst offense in the league (they're 29th) and the worst defense, in terms of OFR/DFR. There's no gentle way to put this, Cleveland is the worst team in the league, by a large margin, and the Sixers absolutely must win this game.
Instead of getting into what the Sixers need to exploit, let's just focus on a couple of areas where Cleveland can hurt you. (1) Jamison at the four. He's going to heave threes, and he's enough of a threat to hurt you if he gets hot. This is a tough defensive matchup for Brand, and it'll also put Thad's newly-found defensive mindset to the test. Thad has been better this season on that end of the floor, mainly because he hasn't been in a position where over-helping has left his man open for threes. He's mainly been guarding fours, and not many who legitimately stretch the floor. Thad needs to stay at home on Jamison and turn him into a driver instead of giving him good looks from distance. (2) O-boards: The Cavs absolutely murdered the Knicks on the glass (which isn't a shock) and they're more than capable of grabbing 20 offensive rebounds. If the Sixers do a halfway decent job of finishing off defensive possessions, I just don't see any way Cleveland even keeps this game close.
PHI 112, CLE 90
The tip is at 5 pm
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