Sixers-Bucks: 5 things you need to know

Sixers-Bucks: 5 things you need to know

Lynam says the Sixers' win over the Nets was badly needed

December 21, 2013, 12:00 pm
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After snapping one skid, the Sixers (8-19) will attempt to end their 11-game road losing streak on Saturday night when they open a six-game trip in Milwaukee against the Bucks (5-21).

Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. (TCN) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:

1. That’s more like it
It took five extra minutes, but the Sixers were able to pick up a 121-120 win in OT over the Nets on Friday to snap their seven-game skid (see story).

Michael Carter-Williams steadied the ship with 15 points and 10 assists in his return from a knee infection. However, it was Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater in overtime that gave the Sixers a much-needed victory.

Now the Sixers turn their sights to the Bucks and ending an even longer slump away from home.

The Sixers haven’t won outside of the Wells Fargo Center since Nov. 1, a 109-102 win over the Washington Wizards in their first road game of the season.

They should have a good opportunity to turn things around against a banged-up Bucks team with the worst record in the NBA. Milwaukee has lost five straight games, including a 114-111 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

2. Distance dilemma
Everything didn’t change for the better in the Sixers’ win over the Nets. The team still had its normal share of trouble defending the three-point line.

The Sixers allowed the Nets to make 15 of 33 shots from long range. That pushed the Sixers’ record of giving up at least 15 threes in a contest to seven games this season.

Mirza Teletovic (6 for 11) and Alan Anderson (5 for 11) each made career highs in threes during the game.

The Sixers wouldn’t appear to be in too much danger against a Bucks team that ranks 13th in three-point percentage and 21st in threes made per game. However, the Nets are tied for 16th in the league in made threes a game at 7.4 and were able to connect on a whopping 36 in their home-and-home series against the Sixers.

3. Paint job
The Sixers have proven to be at their best when attacking the basket. They may not always get the foul calls they deserve, but their persistence is paying off.

The Sixers are averaging 50.5 points per game in the paint, second in the entire NBA to the Detroit Pistons. They are also the only team in the league to this point to reach the 1,000-attempt mark on shots from five feet to the basket an in (1,004).

The buckets should continue to fall if they keep driving the lane and, perhaps, some whistles will follow suit.

4. Injuries
Nerlens Noel (knee), Arnett Moultrie (ankle) and Jason Richardson (knee) are all out.

The Bucks have been depleted by injuries. Guards Carlos Delfino (foot) and Gary Neal (foot), forward Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) and centers Larry Sanders (thumb) and Zaza Pachulia (foot) are all out.

Milwaukee does hope to get Caron Butler (knee) back on Saturday. Butler, who scored 38 points when the Bucks faced the Sixers earlier this season, has missed the last 12 games.

5. This and that
• The Sixers are 1-10 without Carter-Williams this season and 7-9 with him in the lineup.

• The Sixers have lost five of their last six in Milwaukee.

• The Bucks are last in the NBA in scoring with 91.0 points per game.

• Turner is averaging 24.0 points a game in his last three trips to Milwaukee.

• The Bucks have lost five straight at home.