This is the last game before the All-Star break. I need a break too. This game preview is even less meaningful than the last one. The Philadelphia 76ers are in "Super-tank" mode. It's not really injury related, while they will be missing Jason Richardson, Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies, and Nerlens Noel in this game, their major futility seems to be by design. The Sixers are second last in the Eastern Conference, and 1-9 in their last 10 Games. They're not playing very well, and are especially poor on the road (7-20) and against the Western Conference (5-16). The scary thing for Brett Browns club is that they have plenty of games against the West yet to play.
Tonight they'll face the juggernaut Utah Jazz. Utah has won 4-6 their last 10 games, and are on a two game win streak -- with wins against the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. We're riding high right now and Tyrone Corbin would like nothing more than to go into the All-Star break on a three game win streak. Philly, who hasn't won a game since January 29th, is more than willing to make it happen.
I guess the side story here will have to be Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke. They are going to be fighting one another for Rookie of the Year votes, and this game will be a big one. (They'll get another crack at one another later on) Trey dispatched Victor Oladipo with no trouble, but MCW will be harder to deal with.
First of all, they're going to have to defend one another.
And secondly, both are running on fumes right now having crashed into the rookie wall a few weeks ago.
I have no doubt we'll win this game. Not because I'm that secure in our gameplan. It's more like I'm that secure in Philly's gameplan.
And their plan is to lose.
We're at full health, playing at home, and against a team worse than us. They have a bunch of injuries, and haven't been playing with much fight of late. In their last 10 games they've given up 103, 124, 94, 125, 113, 108, 114, 112, 123, and 123 points. Of course, I can see their pace helps MCW get a lot of nice stats even if he's playing poorly. He's running away with the ROY award since the first week of the season as a result.
We should run away with this game.