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Philadelphia Sixers vs New Orleans Hornets: Preview

The Philadelphia Sixers (1-2) are coming close to their first nationally televised game, against the Anthony Davis-led New Orleans Hornets. The Sixers are statistically the worst offense in the league, averaging 84 points per game. They are also last in assists per game with 16. This poor play on offense will not get the Sixers very far in the playoffs; the early slump has shown how much being without Andrew Bynum will hurt them. They have also lost 2 of their last 3 games.

Sixers need to shut down rookie Anthony Davis.

Bynum is notorious for missing games so they will have to learn to play without him. The Hornets will be without start guard Eric Gordon for a while, so they are currently relying on 1st overall draft pick, Anthony Davis to take this team where it needs to go. The Hornets have recently defeated the Chicago Bulls, and the Utah Jazz, while suffering a 4 point loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Lets take a look at the lineup for the game with the Hornets without Gordon and the Sixers without Bynum:

Philadelphia Sixers: PG – Jrue Holiday, SG – Jason Richardson, SF – Evan Turner, PF – Thaddeus Young, C – Lavoy Allen

New Orleans Hornets: PG – Greivis Vasquez, SG – Austin Rivers, SF – Al-Farouq Aminu, PF – Anthony Davis, C –  Robin Lopez

The main problem the Sixers will face is their lack of height, and Anthony Davis. Davis is a definite game-changer. He can score well (averaging 14.5 ppg), and his defense is steller. In his freshmen year at Kentucky, he averaged 4.7 blocks ppg. Davis has sustained a concussion, so his status for Wednesday’s game is uncertain at the moment. Similar to the Knicks (Sixers most recent opponent), the New Orleans Hornets have great 3 point shooters. Starting with Ryan Anderson, who led the league in 3-point field goals and the league’s Most Improved Player in 2012. Also, Roger Mason Jr., is well-known for his 3-point shooting abilities. The Sixers allowed 19 3-point field goals in two games. The Sixers need to learn how to play some better perimeter defense.

There are several keys to victory for the Sixers starting with, defense. If they play defense, they can get out in transition and this game could get ugly for the Hornets. The Sixers also need to make Nick Young and Spencer Hawes a big part of their offense. The Sixers outmatch the Hornets when it comes to bench production. The Sixers are likely to come out with the victory, but the need to shoot better than they have been.

Predicted Score: Sixers 84, Hornets 75

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