Sixers-Bobcats: What you need to know

Sixers-Bobcats: What you need to know

April 3, 2013, 3:30 pm

Sixers at Bobcats, 7 p.m. - TCN
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.

Records
Sixers: 30-43 (Ninth in Eastern Conference)
Bobcats: 17-56 (15th in Eastern Conference)

Last Meeting
The Sixers defeated the Bobcats on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, 100-92, to extend their win streak to three games in a row. Doug Collins only played eight players, but six of them eclipsed the 10-point mark, led by 22 from Evan Turner. Spencer Hawes continued his strong play with 19 points, and Thaddeus Young contributed 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The Sixers shot 52.1 percent from the floor en route to their sixth straight win over Charlotte.

Who’s Hot
Hawes has been on a tear over the last month. Since his zero-point outing against the Warriors on March 2, Hawes is averaging 15.1 points and 10 boards. During the Sixers' current three-game win streak, Hawes has two double-doubles, including a 15-point, 17-rebound performance against Milwaukee.

Kemba Walker is in the midst of his best stretch of the season. Over his last six games, Walker is averaging 23 points and 6.3 assists while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. He has also recorded a steal in 12 consecutive games and 19 of his last 20.

Who’s Not
After an impressive 15-game stretch in which he scored in double figures 12 times, Dorell Wright has just six points on a combined 1-for-10 shooting in his last two games. Wright, known for his three-point shooting, is just 1 for 7 from beyond the arc over the last two contests.

Ben Gordon has been held scoreless in two of his last five games and is averaging just 6.8 points and 1.4 assists over that span.

Keep an eye on …
The Sixers recently signed Justin Holiday, Jrue Holiday's older brother, to a contract and waived Jeremy Pargo. If the Sixers have a solid lead tonight, look for Collins to pair the Holiday brothers in the backcourt. The elder Holiday averaged 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 47 games for the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.

Also, a win tonight would give the Sixers a season-best four in a row.

Probable Starters
Sixers (season averages):
Jrue Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.5 apg)
Damien Wilkins (5.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg)
Evan Turner (13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
Thaddeus Young (15.1 ppg, 7.6 ppg)
Spencer Hawes (11 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

Bobcats (season averages):
Kemba Walker (17.6 ppg, 5.7 apg)
Gerald Henderson (15.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Jeffrey Taylor (6.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
Josh McRoberts (5.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
Bismack Biyombo (4.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg)

Injuries
Sixers:
Andrew Bynum (knees) is out
Jason Richardson (left knee surgery) is out

Bobcats:
DeSagana Diop (right knee soreness) is day to day
Brendan Haywood (stress reaction, left foot) is out
Byron Mullens (left ankle soreness) is day to day
Ramon Sessions (left MCL sprain) is out