|"The Sixers are north of the border tonight, taking on the Raptors just 24 hours later, on the back end of their fourth consecutive back to back. That's right, the Sixers have had to play on consecutive nights four times in less than two weeks.
Posted: 1/9/2013 11:43:01 AM
From Jesse Shule:
"I have never experienced a road trip like this where it's three back-to-backs in a row and we played some of the best teams in the league and even before that we started off with Brooklyn," said leading scorer Jrue Holiday. "It was tough, but as a team we grew from it."
The Raptors have had a couple days off after losing back to back games at home. Toronto had won eight of nine prior to losing to Sacramento, as they failed to contain DeMarcus Cousins. Then they ran into the Oklahoma City Thunder, losing 104-92 on Sunday. They have an excellent opportunity to get back on track tonight against a weary Philly team.
Philadelphia has been terrible in December, with a record of 2-11 on the road, and allowing opponents to score an average of just shy of 100 points per game.
Since Andrea Bargnani went down with an injury, DeMar DeRozan has really stepped up, leading the team in scoring averaging over 18 points per game. He's enjoyed even more success in recent meetings with the Sixers, averaging 21.5 points per game against Philly this season.
The Sixers won't have a lot of fight in them tonight, and you can expect the Raptors to take advantage of that."