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Jonah Ballow
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Wolves @ Sixers 6:00 PM - Wells Fargo Center
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Notable Injuries:


* Martell Webster (back) - OUT
* Darko Milicic (personal reasons) - OUT

Scouting Report:

Big Picture

The Sixers deserve a ton of credit for completely reversing their season after a horrendous 3-13 start to the 2010-11 campaign. As one of the hottest teams in the league, Philadelphia has compiled a 27-17 record over its last 44 games to jump into the Eastern Conference playoff race at No. 7 in the latest standings. Only 1.5 games behind New York, the Sixers have an opportunity to make a postseason splash behind an impressive streak. Due to the recent surge, first year Philadelphia head coach Doug Collins earned the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honor for a 9-3 mark in February. The Sixers play their next four of five games at home, starting with tonight’s contest against the Wolves.

Last Time Out
Philadelphia’s four-game winning streak was snapped on Tuesday as Dallas earned a 101-93 road victory. Jason Kidd tallied a triple-double to drop the Sixers to 30-30 on the season.

Minnesota enjoyed a strong offensive second half and relied on the second unit in a 116-105 win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. Kevin Love posted his ninth 20/20 of the season, Jonny Flynn dished out 14 assists, and Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 16 point in the Wolves 15th win of the season.

The Numbers Game

Both Rambis and Kevin Love spoke about the point guard play after Wednesday night’ s win in Detroit. Luke Ridnour established a nice offensive rhythm early and drilled 5-of-5 field goal attempts while Flynn played his best game as a distributor with 14 dimes, the third most in franchise history.

Match-up to Watch
Wolves Bench vs. Sixers Bench
The last time the two teams squared off, Philadelphia received a huge scoring boost from its bench with 42 points in the 20-point win. Versatile forward Thaddeus Young was the main culprit by posting a game-high 18 points. The Wolves second unit was exceptional and essential to a rare road victory as the bench produced a whopping 61 of the team’s 116 points. Rambis trusted Flynn, Hayward, Ellington, Anthony Tolliver, and Anthony Randolph to close the game down the stretch and the group responded by displaying an up-tempo attack that Minnesota has been searching for throughout the season.

What to Look For
The Wolves only managed to shoot a pedestrian 36.4 percent from the floor in the first matchup. In two of its last three games, Minnesota found offensive synergy with precision passing and effective ball movement. Tonight, the Wolves must maintain that mindset without Darko Milicic (personal matter) and Martell Webster (sore back) in the lineup again. Randolph should enjoy another productive outing after he exploded for 19 points off the bench when Nikola Pekovic was sent to the bench for foul trouble. The newly acquired big man is intriguing with a jaw-dropping vertical that is seen when attacking the glass. He will face another undersized frontline outside of Spencer Hawes, who is the lone 7-footer on the Sixers roster.

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