Preview: Houston Rockets At Philadelphia 76′ers

Jul 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie during a press conference at PCOM. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsThe Rockets go on the road to face the 76′ers in the “Hinkie Bowl.” Former Rockets front office member, Sam Hinkie, took the GM job in Philadelphia, and many think he’s done a fine job in his first several months. This is the first matchup of the season between the 76′ers and the Rockets. Tonight’s game is at 6:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

 

Note: This is assuming the Rockets scrap the “Twin Towers” lineup.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Michael Carter-Williams

MCW is off to a fast start to his NBA career, averaging 17.4/5.4/7.6 and over 2.5 steals a game through his first 8 games. MCW’s best game was his first in his career when he dropped 22 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, and 9 steals in a surprising win over the Heat. Beverley has cold-like symptoms and is a game-time decision

Edge: Rockets

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. James Anderson

Anderson was with the Rockets last season and received a few minutes here and there. He’s averaging just under 7 points a game in his 32 minutes a game. Harden is a game time decision with a foot injury.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Evan Turner

Turner is averaging 23 points and 6 boards for the 4-4 Sixers. Turner is on fire shooting over 50% on the season though he’s shooting just 19% (4/21) from three. Parsons is a game-time decision with a back injury.

Edge: Sixers

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Thaddeus Young

Averaging 14.6/5.9 a game, Young has been one of the names Rockets fans have brought up in a possible trade to the Rockets. Young is one of the more underrated players in the NBA and will likely face off against Jones tonight. Jones earned his start with 32 quality minutes against the Raptors with 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

Edge: Sixers

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Spencer Hawes

Hawes is having a great season averaging 15.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg in eight starts, and will force Howard out of the paint as he is shooting 48% from three.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench (players that average over 10+minutes a game):

76′ers – Tony Wroten, Lavoy Allen, Darius Morris, Daniel Orton

Rockets – Omer AsikJeremy Lin Francisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks

Lin is coming off a 31-point performance. Garcia is a bit iffy though may suit up.

Edge: Rockets

 

Prediction - The Rockets have been struggling lately but should pull this one out. 112-94.

 

Topics: Houston Rockets

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