Sixers-Nets: What you need to know

Sixers-Nets: What you need to know
March 11, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Sixers vs. Nets —7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Records

Sixers: 23-39 (10th place in the East)

Nets: 37-26 (Fourth place in East)

Recent meetings

The Nets have beaten the Sixers twice this season, including a 109-89 victory at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 8. The Nets got 22 points from Deron Williams and 20 off the bench from Andray Blatche to lead the scoring, while ex-Sixer Reggie Evans pulled down 23 rebounds.

Jrue Holiday paced the Sixers with 19 points and eight assists.

Previous games

The Sixers wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 99-91 loss in Orlando on Sunday night. The loss pushed the Sixers’ losing skid to five games with defeats in 12 of the last 13.

Brooklyn is riding a three-game winning streak with a 93-80 win in Atlanta on Saturday night. Since starting the season 14-14 under coach Avery Johnson, the Nets are 23-12 with P.J. Carlesimo at the helm.

Who’s hot

Over the past three games Thad Young has averaged 20 points on 63 percent shooting. He scored 26 points on 13-for-17 shooting with 12 rebounds on Sunday night in Orlando.

Spencer Hawes has grabbed 10-plus rebounds in four of the past six games and is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game over that span. Hawes recorded his 10th double-double of the season at Miami on Friday.

Holiday has 43 assists over his last four games.

For the Nets, Williams has found his scoring stroke, averaging 23.1 points while shooting 47 percent over the last 10 games. That includes a 42-point barrage on Friday night against Washington where Williams set an NBA record with nine three-pointers in the first half. Williams finished the game shooting 11 for 16 from three-point range.

Who’s not

Since scoring 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting on March 2, Holiday is shooting 26.7 percent over the last five games. Holiday has scored 60 points during the five-game losing streak.

Probable starters

Sixers (season averages)
Thad Young (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
Damien Wilkins (11.7 mpg, 3.6 ppg)
Spencer Hawes (10.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
Evan Turner (13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
Jrue Holiday (18.6 ppg, 8.7 apg)

Nets
Gerald Wallace (8.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
Reggie Evans (3.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg)
Brook Lopez (18.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg)
Joe Johnson (16.5 ppg, 3.5 apg)
Deron Williams (17.8 ppg, 7.5 apg)

Injuries

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.

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