Game 68 Preview Vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers vs. the Nets.  That is going to be a whole lot of awfulness on one basketball court tonight.  While most of you guys probably are going to read something about the Nets and how they compared to the 72-73 Sixers team (the one whose record the Nets are trying to avoid).  Let’s focus on the Nets for a minute, though.  How bad have the Nets been, well, as Matt McHale from Basketbawful points out, they are 30-70 since Devin Harris said those famous words “We knew we were going to be a playoff team” after the team’s 11-8 start last season.  That’s bad…onto the lineups (quick ones today…sorry guys).

Devin Harris vs. Lou Williams

While Devin Harris didn’t play yesterday, I expect him to play tonight as this is as good a chance as any to get win #8.  Lou Williams and Devin Harris are somewhat similar players.  Williams isn’t a true point guard, but more of a scorer first, the same with Devin Harris.  However, Devin has better point guard skills, he has better handle and better court vision which allows for his teams to get involved.  I understand why the Sixers are trying to turn Lou Williams into a PG, but to me he just doesn’t have to court vision to be a good one (4.1 APG out of your starting PG isn’t any good).

Advantage:  Devin Harris

Courtney Lee vs. Jrue Holiday

Courtney Lee has the size on Jrue Holiday (Holiday is 6’1″ while Lee is 6’5″), and he should be able to get off his shot with ease.  This is a good thing since Lee has been shooting well as of late, so more good looks = more points.

Advantage:  Courtney Lee

Trenton Hassell vs. Andre Iguodala

In my opinion, this is the only position where the Sixers have a clear cut advantage.  Hassell is still starting (though with Terrence Williams playing so well, his minutes may decline), and Andre Iguodala has the athleticism just to blow by Hassell every time.  It is going to be interesting to watch Iguodala go up against Terrence Williams.

Advantage:  Andre Iguodala

Josh Boone vs. Elton Brand

Elton Brand was a great player, but the injuries really slowed him down.

Advantage:  Push

Brook Lopez vs. Samuel Dalembert

Dalembert is a terrific defender and a shot blocker, but I think Brook Lopez can use his size to his advantage here.  If he is able to get his body into Dalembert’s he can negate his length and jumping ability.  Allowing him to knock down easy buckets.

Advantage:  Brook Lopez