Sixers-Magic: What you need to know

Sixers-Magic: What you need to know
March 10, 2013, 10:45 am
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Sixers at Magic -- 6 p.m., CSN
Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.

Sixers: 23-38 (Fifth in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)

Magic: 17-46 (Fourth in Southeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)

Recent meetings
The last time these two teams played each other, Arron Affalo and Tobias Harris scored 16 points apiece to help the Magic snap a 10-game road losing streak with a 98-84 victory over the Sixers on Feb. 26. Former Sixer Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Orlando.

Damien Wilkins scored a season-high 14 points while Jeremy Pargo had 14 of his own for the Sixers, who fell 11 games under .500 at 22-33 after the embarrassing home loss.

Previous games
Thad Young put up 25 points, but the Sixers were outscored 48-31 in the final 19 minutes of Friday's 102-93 loss to the Miami Heat. LeBron James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Heat win their 17th consecutive game. Jrue Holiday dished out a game-high 13 assists for the Sixers.

The Magic had no answers for the Indiana Pacers in a 115-86 defeat on Friday night. Affalo had 19 points for Orlando, which has lost five of its past six and hasn't posted a home victory since Feb. 10. It was the Pacers' first regular-season win over the Magic since December 2007.

Who's hot
Young, who has arguably been the Sixers' most consistent player all season, has averaged 20.0 points on 63.0 percent shooting over his past three games.

Spencer Hawes has grabbed 10-plus rebounds in four of his past six games after collecting just one board against Orlando on Feb. 26. He recorded his 10th double-double of the season in Friday's loss to Miami (13 points, 10 rebounds).

Who's not
Evan Turner has struggled the past two games for the Sixers. In those contests, the former No. 2 overall pick averaged just 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds after putting up 17.0 points and grabbing 9.7 rebounds in his three games prior.

Did you know?
The Sixers have lost 12 consecutive games on the road. That's the longest skid since a franchise-worst 20 straight road defeats in 1987-88.

Projected starters
Sixers (season averages):
Jrue Holiday (18.8 ppg, 8.7 apg, 4.2 rpg)
Charles Jenkins (6.8 mpg, 1.8 ppg, 0.7 apg)
Evan Turner (13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.5 apg)
Thad Young (14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.7 spg)
Spencer Hawes (10.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg)

Magic (season averages):
Jameer Nelson (14.4 ppg, 7.5 apg, 3.7 rpg)
Arron Affalo (16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg)
Tobias Harris (15.2 mpg 7.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
Maurice Harkless (22.2 mpg, 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
Nikola Vucevic (12.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.7 apg)

Sixers: Andrew Bynum (bilateral bone bruises) is out. Jason Richardson (knee surgery) is out for the rest of the season. Nick Young (sprained ankle) is out indefinitely.

Magic: Glen Davis (left foot) and Hedo Turkoglu (flu) are listed as day-to-day.

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