Friday, December 6, 7:00PM (EST) at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
TV: The Comcast Network | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM
Posted: December 6, 2013
Friday at 7pm, the Sixers (7-12, sixth in the NBA in points per game at 104.2) head to Charlotte to take on the defensively minded Bobcats (8-11, second in the NBA in points allowed per game at 91.7).
Something’s Gotta Give
Philadelphia has scored at least 100 points in 11 of their first 19 games, including each of their last three, while Charlotte has held its opponents to below 100 points in all but three contests this season, including each of their last 12.
Battling on the Glass
Over their last five games, the Sixers are second in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 48.0 per game; they’re also third in offensive rebounding (15.2 per game).
The Sixers rank fourth in the league in three-pointers made over their last three games, averaging 10.0 per game during that stretch. The Bobcats, on the other hand, have hit 10 threes during over their last three combined. On the season, Charlotte averages 4.5 threes per game, tied with Memphis for fewest in the NBA.
Carter-Williams Day-to-Day; Not with Team in Charlotte
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams (right knee soreness) did not join the Sixers on their trip to Charlotte and is listed as day-to-day. He’ll undergo further evaluation and treatment in Philadelphia. Second-year guard Tony Wroten is expected to start in his place.
Breaking out the Road Reds
For the first time this season, the Sixers will wear their road red uniforms. The team has worn white at home and blue on the road (and during select home games) so far this season.
Matchup to Watch
Tony Wroten vs. Kemba Walker
Expected to start in place Michael Carter-Williams (right knee soreness) for the fifth time this season, Tony Wroten will go toe to toe with Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, who’s averaging 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game on the year. In his four previous starts, Wroten averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game.
When the Sixers and Bobcats met during the preseason, Wroten contributed a team-high 20 points off the bench in a losing effort.
Tale of the Tape
|PPG||Evan Turner – 21.5||Kemba Walker – 16.6|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 9.9||Al Jefferson – 8.8|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.3||Kemba Walker – 4.2|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.7||Kemba Walker – 1.5|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 3.1||Al Jefferson – 1.6|