Sixers-Cavaliers: What you need to know

Sixers-Cavaliers: What you need to know

March 29, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Sixers vs. Cavaliers - 7:30 p.m., CSN
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Sixers: 28-43 (Ninth in Eastern Conference)

Cavaliers: 22-48 (13th in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
The Sixers and Cavs have split two meetings this season, with Cleveland outrebounding the Sixers by 11.5 rebounds per game.

Jeremy Pargo, who was traded from the Cavaliers to the Sixers, averaged 17 points against Philly in the two meetings this season.

The Cavs won the last matchup, 92-83, at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 21, which snapped a six-game losing streak to the Sixers. Jason Richardson and Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 16 points apiece.

The Sixers shot just 36 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from three. In comparison, the Cavaliers shot 40.7 percent and connected on 13 three-pointers.

Previous game
The Sixers are coming off a 110-92 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Six players reached double-figures in scoring for the Sixers, including all five starters. The Sixers outshot the Bucks 47.2 percent to 41.6 percent. The Sixers were also efficient behind the arc, connecting on 8 of 16 in comparison to the Bucks, who made just six 24 threes. In addition to strong outside shooting, the Sixers scored 60 points in the paint.

The Cavaliers are coming off a 93-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Cavaliers lost on a game-winning layup by Jeff Green, as the Celtics ended the game on a 21-6 run. Wayne Ellington scored a team-high 16 points and notched a career-high three steals.

Who's hot
Spencer Hawes has been the most consistent Sixer of late. In his last 14 games played, he is averaging a double-double of 14.7 points and 10.2 rebounds. On Wednesday against the Bucks, Hawes notched his fifth double-double in his past seven games with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Damien Wilkins has also been productive since joining the starting lineup. In his past 12 games, Wilkins is averaging 13.9 points on 50 percent shooting. Wilkins has reached double-digit scoring in 12 of his past 18 games despite not surpassing seven points prior to his recent stretch.

For the Cavaliers, Ellington has made the most of his starting job, reaching double-digit scoring in four of the those five games and averaging 14.4 points.

Who's not
Despite an 18-point performance against the Bucks on Wednesday, Holiday has averaged 13.2 points on 36.9 percent shooting in the past five games. In that same span, his assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.43; it was 3.4 in the nine games prior.

Evan Turner has also struggled of late, averaging 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists over his last nine games compared to 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the 11 previous games. Turner has also struggled to reach the foul line. In the past eight games, he has only 10 free throw attempts.

Probable starters

Sixers (season averages)
Thaddeus Young (15.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
Evan Turner (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
Spencer Hawes (10.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg)
Jrue Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.5 apg)
Damien Wilkins (5.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg)

Cavaliers (season averages)
Alonzo Gee (10.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Tristan Thompson (11.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
Tyler Zeller (7.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg)
Wayne Ellington (7.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
Shaun Livingston (6.1 ppg, 3.2 apg)

Andrew Bynum (knee) and Jason Richardson (knee) are out for the year.

For the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving (shoulder), Anderson Varejo (blood clot) and Dion Waiters (knee) are all out.

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