The Sixers left their Western Conference road trip limping at best. This team needs to get back on track and has a nice five-game swing to do so. Originally thought to be a gimme, this game may be closer than originally thought.
The Hornets are currently sitting at 4-5, and are playing much better than most people expected before the season. Two main reasons for this are the surprising play by rookie P.J. Washington and second-year guard Devonte’ Graham.
Player to watch
Devonte’ Graham as absolutely balled out in this young season. A second-round pick in last year’s draft, Graham’s play this year is beyond unexpected.
The Sixers for years have struggled to guard small guards and Graham joins Terry Rozier to make a backcourt that could spell trouble for the 76ers.
Keys to the game
Defend outside in
The Hornets have many streaky shooters who, if given the opportunity will make outside shot after outside shot. By playing defenders on the outside and defending in, the Sixers will force the Hornets to finish strong, something they have not proven.
Keep it simple
It would be an understatement to say the Sixers have a turnover problem. They currently turn the ball over more than 27 other teams in the NBA. Keep the playbook simple, the Sixers are the better team and by playing with purpose, they will win this game. Without Simmons, the Sixers will especially need to hold on to the ball.
The Sixers need to limit turnovers tonight otherwise they may see themselves losing to a team thought to be a bottom-dweller. Thankfully the Hornets are one of two teams who currently turn the ball over more than the Sixers.
The Sixers will face the Charlotte Hornets at 6:00 PM. Catch the game on NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus or listen on 97.5 the Fanatic.
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