Rockets to face Sixers bunch on the skids

Rockets to face Sixers bunch on the skids
January 12, 2013, 10:00 am
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The Sixers are anything but hot right now, but that also means they'll be hungry for a win come Saturday when they play the Rockets.

Philadelphia has lost their last five games. Their record is 15-22, four games out of Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference's final playoff slot. While it's true they've spent 11 of their last 13 games on the road (they were 2-9 over that road stretch), the Sixers aren't overly impressive at home, with a 9-8 record. Much-hyped offseason acquisition Andrew Bynum hasn't taken the floor.

The last time the Rockets played the Sixers on December 19, Houston ran them out of the Toyota Center with a 125-103 win. Jrue Holiday was hurt, so Evan Turner played the point. Then Turner got banged up for a stretch. It wasn't pretty for the 76ers. James Harden scored 33 to lead all scorers. Also, Jeremy Lin had a strong game, going 8-12 from the field and finishing with 18 points, six assists, with only one turnover. Omer Asik was also a beast with 17 points and 15 rebounds. And a closer look shows that Asik was a remarkable 7-9 from the free throw line, vastly different from his Friday 1-8 free-throw performance against the Celtics.

A few things to keep in mind: the Rockets are 4-6 on the second game of back-to-backs. Philadelphia, on the other hand, is well rested, having played their last game on Wednesday. This is also a Sixers lineup that has Holiday back. He is clearly their breakout star for this season and could be playing his way on to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.