Sixers-Nuggets: 5 things you need to know – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
The Sixers (17-54) wrap up their road trip with the second game of a back-to-back when they take on the Denver Nuggets (9 p.m./TCN). The Sixers beat the Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center, 105-98, on Feb. 3 behind 23 points from Hollis Thompson and 15 points and 12 assists from Michael Carter-Williams.
Here is what you need to know before the tip.
1. Road woesThe Sixers have dropped 16 straight on the road including the one-point heartbreaker in Sacramento on Tuesday night. The last time the Sixers won on the road was Jan. 9 in Brooklyn. Only seven players from the active roster remain from that victory.
The Sixers are 5-30 on the road this season, which would be the worst in franchise history since the infamous 1972-73 season when the team went 5-26 at home, 2-36 on the road and 2-11 in neutral site games.
2. Rocky mountain homeThe Nuggets will be well rested as they return home following a five-game road trip and three days off. They also have won three straight at home and four of their last five. Despite a 27-44 record, the Nuggets have been pretty good at home, sporting a 16-19 record while scoring 103 points per game — compared to 98 on the road — at the Pepsi Center.
3. New voiceIt’s the old cliché … a team having just fired its coach always plays well (at first) under the interim guy. And since Brian Shaw was fired after 2-19 stretch, the Nuggets are 7-5 under coach Melvin Hunt. In his first ever stint as a head coach, Hunt guided the Nuggets to wins over Atlanta and Golden State, a pair of teams that could be the top seeds when the playoffs begin next month.
4. InjuriesThomas Robinson (rib contusion) played against Sacramento on Tuesday night where he had 16 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes. Jason Richardson sat out of Tuesday’s game, but likely will play against Denver. Tony Wroten (knee) and Joel Embiid (foot) are out indefinitely.
For Denver, Randy Foye missed Sunday’s game with a stomach illness, but is expected to be ready to go against the Sixers.
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