Sixers-Magic: What you need to know

Sixers-Magic: What you need to know

February 4, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Sixers vs. Magic -- 7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

The Sixers are looking to match their longest winning streak of the season tonight against a Magic team looking to avoid their 10th straight loss.

After back-to-back wins over Washington and Sacramento, the Sixers aim to win their third game in a row for the first time since Nov. 25-30. A victory Monday would give them a 4-1 record on their current eight-game home stand.  

This is the first of three meetings with the Magic this season.

Sixers: 20-26 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)

Magic: 14-33 (Third in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)

Previous games
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 23 points and 15 rebounds in an 89-80 victory over the Kings on Friday. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, and Nick Young scored 20.

J.J. Redick scored 15 points and dished out eight assists, but the Magic fell 107-98 to the Bucks on Saturday. Redick is out for Monday's game. Maurice Harkless had 19 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

Who’s hot
Nick Young is averaging 18.2 points over the last five games. He has scored at least 20 points in three of those five games after producing just four outings of 20 or more during his first 41 games of the season.

Over the past six games, Magic center Nik Vucevic has averaged 15.8 points and 12.8 rebounds. The former Sixer led the Magic with 20 points and added 12 rebounds in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Who’s not
Evan Turner has just 14 total points in the last two games on a combined 6-for-20 shooting. Turner also had four turnovers on Friday against the Kings.

Magic guard E’Twaun Moore went just 3-for-14 from the field and 1-for-4 from three on Saturday against the Bucks. He had seven points and committed four turnovers in 35 minutes.

Note of interest
Orlando has won three straight over the Sixers and 14 of the last 16. Holiday has averaged just 9.8 points per game in six home meetings with the Magic.


Jason Richardson (left knee synovitis) is doubtful.
Andrew Bynum (bilateral knee bone bruises) is out.

J.J. Redick (shoulder) is out
Arron Afflalo (left calf strain) is out.
Jameer Nelson (left forearm contusion) is out.
Glen Davis (fractured left foot) is out.
Al Harrington (right knee rehabilitation) is out.

Probable Starters
Sixers (Season averages)
Jrue Holiday (19.4 ppg, 8.9 apg)
Nick Young (11.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
Evan Turner (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Thaddeus Young (15.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
Spencer Hawes (9.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

Magic (season averages)
E’Twaun Moore (8.8 ppg, 2.6 apg)
J.J. Redick (15.3 ppg, 4.5 apg)
Maurice Harkless (4.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Andrew Nicholson (7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Nikola Vucevic (12.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg)

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