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Philadelphia 76ers vs San Antonio Spurs: Preview and Prediction

On Monday, The red hot San Antonio Spurs (32-11) come into Philly riding a 4-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers (17-23) are struggling to stay alive in the playoff race and are looking to steal a win Monday night.

The Spurs are coming into this game led by star point guard Tony Parker, who is averaging 19.7 points and 7.3 assists per game. Their other star veteran, Tim Duncan, will most likely play after sitting out their last game against Atlanta. Duncan is averaging 17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. Both are like to make the All-Star Game as reserves.

The Sixers, on the other hand, are coming off a come-from-behind overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors, and are keen to keep their momentum going. Jrue Holiday exploded for 33 points, and has by far been their player of the year so far. But in order for Philly to win more games, Jrue needs his teammates, especially the veterans Philadelphia brought in this year, to step up.

Starting 5 matchups:

San Antonio Philadelphia
PG Tony Parker Jrue Holiday
SG Danny Green Jason Richardson
SF Kawhi Leonard Evan Turner
PF Tim Duncan Thaddeus Young
C Tiago Splitter Lavoy Allen

Key Matchup: Gregg Popovich vs Doug Collins

This is a different type of match up than player to player. I beleive that the most important match up in this game is coach vs coach. Both Doug Collins and Greg Popovich are great coaches who earn the respect of their players. I think that if either team is going to win on Monday, it will be based on who coaches better in terms of running plays, getting his team motivated, and making the right substitutions at the right times.

Keys to Success

Sixers: Fast Break Opportunities and Rebounding

The San Antonio Spurs are an old team, and 76ers could easily take advantage of their youth and athleticism. I say this over and over again but when the Sixers can get out on the fast break, I believe they are a force to be reckoned with.

Both teams struggle on the glass, and if Philly can grab just a little more than the Spurs, it could make a huge impact on the game because they are going to need every possession.

Spurs: Defense and Offensive Efficiency

San Antonio is almost the best defense in terms of points allowed per game, at 96.1. If they can shut down Philly’s half court offense, this game should be a breeze for them. That will start with locking down the paint, and luckily for them they have one of the best pain defenders, Tim Duncan. Once that happens, the Sixers’ biggest weapon, their outside shooting, will have less options and the Spurs can force Philadelphia into bad shot after bad shot because the Sixers have failed to be aggressive offensively this season.

Along with defense, the Spurs are one of the most productive offenses in the NBA and score an average of 104.4 points per game. In my opinion, San Antonio is the most well-rounded team because of how well they play defense, and how many points they are scoring. If they can move the ball around well and get open shots, they’ll be able to put the inefficient Sixers in a hole early on.

Prediction: Spurs 105, Sixers 90

Unfortunately, I feel that the San Antonio Spurs are just to good for the Philadelphia 76ers, and that they will continue on their winning streak.

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Categories: 76ers, Editorial

Author:Luke Green

Passionate sports fan, loves to write about the Sixers and the Union

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