Official Game #52 Thread

Statistical Breakdown:
Time: Tuesday 6 p.m. CST
Place: Wachovia Center
PHI home record: 8-16
MIN road record: 4-21
PHI record v. Western Conf: 9-14
MIN record v. Eastern conf: 6-11
PHI PPG: 97.6 (24th)
MIN PPG: 98.2 (21st)
MEM opponents PPG: 99.8 (17th)
MIN opponents PPG: 106.6 (28th)
PHI RPG: 41.7 (19th)
MIN RPG: 43.9 (3rd)
PHI RPG Diff: 0.8 (12th)
MIN RPG Diff: 0.8 (12th)
PHI AST/TO: 20.3/13.7
MIN AST/TO: 19.7/15.4
PHI FG%: 45.3% (21st)
MIN FG%: 44.7% (23rd)
PHI opponents FG%: 46.7% (22nd)
MIN opponents FG%: 47.3% (26th)
PHI 3PT%: 35.1% (18th)
MIN 3PT%: 32.9 (27th)
PHI FT%: 77.1% (12th)
MIN FT%: 74.5% (20th)
Last meeting: MIN 108-103
My prediction: MIN 105-97
NBA 2K10 Simulation: PHI 95-92

Preview: Philly is riding a 3-game win streak and Minnesota is bringing their own 4-game streak to the party. Philly has a small (6’0” and 6’4”) but very quick backcourt. I am not sure if A.I. is going to or not but if he does, I expect to see Corey matched up against him. Brewer’s length combined with speed should give A.I. fits. Philly is going to have a major advantage at SF. Andre Iguodala is an athletic freak who will give Ryan Gomes (who is not the best perimeter defender) a lot of problems. In regards to that matchup though; Iguodala does not usually take over games so even if he has a fantastic game it should not kill the Wolves. I think the Wolves biggest mismatch is at the 4. Big Al and K-Love are forces down low and I believe will be just too much to handle. Philly can perhaps counter their post presence with Sam Dalembert’s defensive prowess (2.2 BPG). The must enticing matchup for me though will be the fore mentioned Dalembert and Minnesota’s recently surging young center Ryan Hollins. Their lengths and statures are very similar. I will be interested to see if Hollins can improve on his rebounding while still contributing the 10+ points he’s been scoring recently.

Key Matchups: Big Al v. Brand, Hollins v. Dalembert, Iguodala v. Gomes

Projected Starting Lineups:
Philadelphia 76ers
PG Jrue Holiday 5.3 Pts, 2.5/1.39 Ast/TO
SG Allen Iverson 14.7 Pts, 4.2 Ast
SF Andre Iguodala 17.2 Pts, 7.0 Reb, 5.7 ast
PF Elton Brand 14.3 Pts, 6.5 Reb
C Samuel Dalembert 7.4 Pts, 9.8 Reb

Minnesota Timberwolves
PG Jonny Flynn 14.0 Pts, 4.4/2.8 Ast/TO
SG Corey Brewer 13.4 Pts, 3.9 Reb
SF Ryan Gomes 10.9 Pts, 4.5 Reb
PF Al Jefferson 17.8 Pts, 9.8 Reb
C Ryan Hollins 6.2 Pts, 3.0 reb (10.4 Pts, 3.9 Reb as starter)
Go Wolves!!!!!!!!!!

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