7:30 PM PST, January 11, 2012
Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
Sixers Projected Starting Line-up:
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Jodie Meeks
SF: Andre Iguodala
PF: Elton Brand
C: Spencer Hawes
Key Reserves: Lou Williams, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young
The Knicks are facing their fellow Atlantic Division rivals from Philly tonight, the Sixers are not the same ole' Sixers anymore. Philly snuck under the radar last season and made the playoffs with help from new coach Doug Collins. Currently they're first the Atlantic at 7-2 and winners of their last 5 games. Not only have they won, they've been blowing teams away, 5 of the wins was by 20 or more points. New York is also hot as of late, winning three straight and putting themselves back over the .500 mark at 5-4.
Philly has become a scoring juggernaut in this early season averaging 102 points per game and 6 players averaging double digits, none of which is averaging over 17.Their leading scorer is Lou Williams at 16ppg off the bench, Coach Collins has this young team sharing the ball and playing a up and down style of basketball.
Amare Stoudemire/Tyson Chandler vs Elton Brand/Spencer Hawes, majority of the Sixers scoring comes from their guards and swingmen, how will the big men for Philly deal with the Knicks bigs?
Knicks: Iman Shumpert continues to impress everyone with his energy and defensive prowess, he will have a good test again tonight against the guards of Philadelphia.
Sixers: Nic Vucevic is the Sixers 7 foot rookie who has played decent in his last few outings, scoring 11 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Knicks - Baron Davis OUT, Jared Jeffries OUT
Sixers - Nobody to report
Notable* The Sixers will be playing their third game of their first back to back to back.