Sixers-Pistons: 5 things you need to know

Sixers-Pistons: 5 things you need to know

Brown: Loss was the Sixers' 'poorest performance'

February 1, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Sixers (15-32) will try to shake off Friday’s embarrassing loss when they take the court to face the Detroit Pistons (18-27).

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (CSN) at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:

1. No rest for the weary
The Sixers turned in an ugly effort during Friday night’s 125-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center.

How ugly? Well, in a rebuilding season full of tough defeats, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said this one was the worst.

“It was the poorest performance of our season,” Brown said (see story). “It’s one of the few times this season where the effort wasn’t there.”

Good thing for the Sixers is they have a chance to get right back on the court and try to erase the bad taste from that loss. The not so good thing is that the Sixers haven’t exactly played well in back-to-back sets. They are just 2-10 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

To make matters worse, the Sixers will face off against a well-rested Detroit squad. The Pistons haven’t played since Tuesday after their game against the Hawks on Wednesday was postponed because of snow and ice.

2. Give it away
Well, that was short lived.

One game after recording a season-low 10 turnovers, the Sixers were back to their typical sloppy ways against the Hawks. The Sixers committed nine turnovers in the first five minutes on their way to 19 giveaways in the game.

The Sixers, who lead the league in turnovers per game with 17, aren’t just throwing the ball out of bounds either. They’re committing plenty of live-ball giveaways that are leading directly to points for the opposition, as they allow a league-worst 19.2 points off turnovers a game.

The Pistons rank fifth in the NBA in forcing turnovers at 15.8 a game, so it could be another long night if the Sixers don’t clean up their act.

3. Cut on the glass
The Sixers lost both meetings against the Pistons earlier this season because of one thing: Rebounding.

The Pistons abused the Sixers on the boards in those two games, out-rebounding them 119-83. Detroit also totaled a whopping 41 offensive rebounds in the two wins.

The Sixers are a solid rebounding team in their own right, actually grabbing 44.7 boards a game to tie the Pistons for ninth in the NBA. But they have to find a way to contain Detroit on the glass if they want to have any hope of picking up a road win.

4. Injuries
Arnett Moultrie (ankle) is still day to day for the Sixers while he gets into game shape.

Brandon Davies (finger), Nerlens Noel (knee) and Jason Richardson (knee) are out.

Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis) has not played since the Pistons’ win over the Sixers on Jan. 10.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost five of their last six meetings against the Pistons.

• The Pistons are seeking consecutive wins at home for the first time since their first two home games of the season.

• Michael Carter-Williams is shooting just 34.5 percent from the field over the Sixers’ last four games.

• Center Andre Drummond has a combined 42 points, 25 rebounds and eight blocks in the Pistons’ two wins over the Sixers this season.