Pre-Game Report: Knicks vs Sixers 1.11.12

Philadelphia Sixers (7-2) at New York Knicks (5-4)

7:30 PM PST, January 11, 2012

Madison Square Garden New York, NY

TV:MSGTV

Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio

Sixers Projected Starting Line-up:

PG: Jrue Holiday

SG: Jodie Meeks

SF: Andre Iguodala

PF: Elton Brand

C: Spencer Hawes

Key Reserves:  Lou Williams, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young

The Knicks are facing their fellow Atlantic Division rivals from Philly tonight, the Sixers are not the same ole’ Sixers anymore. Philly snuck under the radar last season and made the playoffs with help from new coach Doug Collins. Currently they’re first the Atlantic at 7-2 and winners of their last 5 games.  Not only have they won, they’ve been blowing teams away, 5 of the wins was by 20 or more points. New York is also hot as of late, winning three straight and putting themselves back over the .500 mark at 5-4.

Philly has become a scoring juggernaut in this early season averaging 102 points per game and 6 players averaging double digits, none of which is averaging over 17.Their leading scorer is Lou Williams at 16ppg off the bench, Coach Collins has this young team sharing the ball and playing a up and down style of basketball.

Match-Ups:

Amare Stoudemire/Tyson Chandler vs Elton Brand/Spencer Hawes, majority of the Sixers scoring comes from their guards and swingmen, how will the big men for Philly deal with the Knicks bigs?

Rookie Watch:

Knicks: Iman Shumpert continues to impress everyone with his energy and defensive prowess, he will have a good test again tonight against the guards of Philadelphia.

Sixers: Nic Vucevic is the Sixers 7 foot rookie who has played decent in his last few outings, scoring 11 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.

Injury Watch:

Knicks – Baron Davis OUT, Jared Jeffries OUT

Sixers – Nobody to report

Notable* The Sixers will be playing their third game of their first back to back to back.

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