Sixers Look To Avenge Early Season Loss To Detroit Tonight In South Philly
Posted 12/10/2012 11:00:00 AM

Detroit Pistons (7-15, 4th in Central) at Sixers (11-9, 3rd in Atlantic)
7:00 PM ET, December 10, 2012
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Probable Starters
Sixers
PG: Jrue Holiday – 17.6 ppg. / 8.9 apg. / 3.8 rpg.
SG: Jason Richardson – 12.5 ppg. / 4.3 rpg. / 1.8 spg.
SF: Evan Turner – 14.9 ppg. / 7.0 rpg. / 4.0 apg.
PF: Thaddeus Young – 15.0 ppg. / 7.4 rpg. / 1.5 spg.
C: Lavoy Allen – 6.2 ppg. / 5.2 rpg. / 1.1 bpg.

Pistons
PG: Brandon Knight – 14.1 ppg. / 5.0 apg. / 3.7 rpg.
SG: Kyle Singler – 9.5 ppg. / 3.5 rpg. / .426 3p%
SF: Tayshaun Prince – 12.9 ppg. / 4.2 rpg. / 2.4 apg.
PF: Jason Maxiell – 8.6 ppg. / 6.5 rpg. / 0.6 apg.
C: Greg Monroe – 15.0 ppg. / 9.2 rpg. / 3.4 apg.

Injuries
Sixers
Andrew Bynum – Bilateral Knee Bone Bruises (OUT)
Royal Ivey – Right Groin Strain (GAME-TIME DECISION)
Nick Young – Left Great Toe Hyperextension (GAME-TIME DECISION)

Pistons
None

Last Five Games
Sixers
L - 12/8 at Boston / 92-79
W - 12/7 vs. Boston / 95-94 (OT)
L - 12/4 vs. Minnesota / 105-88
L - 12/1 at Chicago / 93-88
W - 11/30 at Charlotte / 104-98

Pistons
W - 12/8 at Cleveland / 104-97
L - 12/7 vs. Chicago / 108-104
L - 12/5 vs. Portland / 104-97
W - 12/3 vs. Cleveland / 89-79
L - 12/1 at Dallas / 92-77

Three Keys to the Game
1. The Revenge Factor – These two teams first met back on Nov. 14 when the then-winless Pistons came into South Philly and beat the Sixers by 18 points. Since then, the Pistons are 7-7 and playing inspired basketball. Still, they are 1-10 in road games and are not as talented as the Sixers on paper and on the court. This is the kind of game that the Sixers simply must win.

2. The Battle of Who Could Score More - Neither one of these offenses are particularly electric as the Pistons are 23rd in the Association in points scored with 94.18 points per game while the Sixers are 27th with 92.25. The Pistons number is skewed a little bit due to the fact that they dropped 117 on Phoenix back on Nov. 28. Detroit’s defense is suspect, though, having allowed 100 or more points in 10 games so far this season so if there was a team that the Sixers offense was going to find its groove then it would be tonight.

3. Contain Greg Monroe – Before the first meeting of these two teams I wrote this:

Greg Monroe is one of the few bright spots for the Detroit Pistons. The third year center out of Georgetown really broke out last season, averaging 15.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for a Pistons team that went 25-41. This year he continues being a very good player on a very, very bad team.

Monroe’s defense is not well-regarded but offensively he is far and away better than any of the Sixers options in the middle. Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes will have their hands full trying to slow him down.

Monroe scored 19 and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in that first meeting. The Sixers three centers (Lavoy Allen, Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes) combined to score 22 points and grab nine rebounds. The Sixers will need better production out of their low post players to counter one of the best young centers in the NBA.

Posted By: John Lamb  

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