Sixers-Knicks: What you need to know

Sixers-Knicks: What you need to know
January 26, 2013, 11:00 am
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Sixers vs. Knicks -- 7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, P.A.

The Sixers have dropped eight of their last 10 games and currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference -- 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics.

On Saturday, the Sixers will open a season-high, eight-game homestand when they host the New York Knicks at Wells Fargo Center.

The Knicks have won six of their last seven games against the Sixers, including both matchups this season.

Sixers: 17-25 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)

Knicks: 26-14 (First in Atlantic Division, second in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
The last time these two division rivals met, Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 110-88 victory over the Sixers on Nov. 5. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and eight assists to pace the Sixers.

Previous games
Evan Turner scored 23 points, but the Sixers fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 110-102, on Tuesday night. Holiday saw his streak of scoring in double digits end at 24 games after registering just nine points.

The Knicks have won three of four after beating the Celtics, 89-86, on Thursday. Anthony had a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds to help the Knicks pick up their first win at TD Garden since November 2006.

Who's hot
Spencer Hawes had a big game in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee. The 7-foot-1 center scored 21 points and grabbed 12 boards off the bench. Hawes has scored 20 points or more in three of his past 14 games after not doing so in his first 146 games with the Sixers.

Turner also has a hot hand for the Sixers as of late. Over the past two games, Turner has averaged 20.5 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He is also 7-for-13 from three-point range over his past four contests.

For the Knicks, Anthony has scored 20 or more points in 27 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.

Who's not
Lavoy Allen has scored 10-plus points just once over his past nine games. Over that span, the center has averaged just 5.9 points per game.

Although he has not committed a single turnover over his last eight games, Dorell Wright has put up just 3.8 points on 32.3 percent shooting during that stretch.

Note of interest
Since Dec. 12, the Sixers have gone 5-16. Only the Bobcats (3-19) have a worse record since that date.

Sixers: Jason Richardson will sit for a third consecutive game because of a sore knee.

Andrew Bynum (bilateral bone bruises) is out indefinitely.

Knicks: Jason Kidd (back) is listed as day-to-day, but probably won't play against the Sixers, according to the New York Post.

Raymond Felton (finger) is expected to return to the Knicks' lineup on Saturday.

Marcus Camby's planter fasciitis has kept him off the court since Jan. 10. Camby has removed his walking boot and could return within the next two weeks.

Rasheed Wallace hasn't played since Dec. 13 because of a sore left foot.

Sound off
How many games will the Sixers win during their eight-game homestand?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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