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Sixers-Knicks Preview: Sixers Look to Start Off Strong Against Division Rivals

The Philadelphia Sixers managed to survive their season opener vs. the Denver Nuggets, but their play was not acceptable. They cannot expect to shoot 35% and consistently win. The New York Knicks are a team that are lacking in several areas and it will be interesting to see how the Sixers take advantage of those weak spots. Lets take a look at the projected (subject to change) starting lineup for each team:

Philadelphia Sixers                                    New York Knicks

PG: Jrue Holiday                                         PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Jason Richardson                               SG: Ronnie Brewer

SF: Evan Turner                                           SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Thaddeus Young                                  PF: Kurt Thomas

C: Lavoy Allen                                              C: Tyson Chandler

The Knicks starting lineup may simply be unable to keep up with this young Sixers offense. Carmelo Anthony is not well-known for playing defense. At 40 years old, there is simply no way Kurt Thomas can keep up with a young athlete like Thaddeus Young. If he takes the right shots, Young can beat you by shooting or by driving to the lane and getting easy layups/dunks. Something that the Sixers need to watch out for is the shooting abilities of the New York bench. The knicks have good 3-point shooters such as, Steve Novak, Jason Kidd, and J.R. Smith. At 38 years old, Rasheed Wallace may very well still be capable of knocking down shots from behind the arc. The Knicks are coming off of a 104-84 win against the defending champions, the Miami Heat, and in the process they drained 19 3 point shots. It is very important for the Sixers to close out on these shooters and not let them get the shots that they want.

In order to win this game the Sixers must make sure to stop Carmelo Anthony and force Tyson Chandler to make free throws. If they play good defense their baskets will come either in transition or by moving around when they do not have the ball so that they can get open for easy shots. This should not be too difficult of a game for the Sixers, but if they turn the ball over too many times and do not play defense, this game could get ugly.

Predicted score: Knicks 87, Sixers 80

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