Matchup: Philadelphia 76ers (8-37) vs. Detroit Pistons (17-29)
When: 7:00 p.m., FSD
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
What to Watch For:
1. 76ers are on another one of those streaks….: Philly had a stretch in early January that saw them win four out of seven, but it has all come crashing down of late. The 76ers have lost six games in a row coming into tonight’s matchup with the Pistons, including a 25-point loss to the Pelicans and an 18-point blowout at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies in their last two contests.
2. Important people are injured: Yes, Pistons leading scorer Brandon Jennings is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. But the Sixers are missing their top points leader as well, Tony Wroten, who is out indefinitely with a partially torn ACL.
The Sixers, in terms of one’s ability to compete, stand to lose more with the loss of Wroten, as they don’t have a D.J. Augustin-like backup waiting in the wings as the Pistons did. Still, even sans Wroten, the Sixers were able to steal a game from Detroit earlier in the season. But that was during the Josh Smith era, for which the city has collectively opted to disassociate.
3. Kyle Singler time? Tonight we’ll find out whether Pistons starting small forward Kyle Singler can continue his magic against the Sixers this year. So far, he’s averaged 20.5 against Philly in their first two matchups (scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively). Against a balky defense that struggles to move left to right on rotations, Singler may continue to see a fair share of open looks this evening.