After a disappointing loss in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, the Sixers return home to Wells Fargo Center, where they currently have the best home record in the NBA. It will be their second matchup against the Atlanta Hawks (12-29), who are led by former Sixers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce.
Here are the essentials for tonight's matchup.
• When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
Here are three storylines to watch.
Defending the three….again
This Atlanta team may only have 12 wins, but they have strengths in areas where the Sixers have showed weakness. Most recently, that's been in defending the three, as we saw in D.C., where the Wizards shot 13 of 27 from three-point range. The Hawks attempt an average of 34.4 threes per game, good for fourth in the NBA.
Pace and turnovers
The Hawks play with the highest pace in the NBA, are fourth in the league in turnovers forced per game and seventh in steals. The Sixers turn the ball over at the fourth-highest rate in the league, and Wednesday's loss is an example of what happens to them defensively when they are careless on offense. Even linked to the earlier point about defending the three, Brett Brown said it was their turnovers that made it difficult for them to keep up with Washington and get back on defense.
Bounce back game
There was a lot of talk in the locker room after last game about the team's lack of competiveness and energy, especially on the defensive end. Granted, this game is at home, but it's all about how the Sixers bounce back from a disappointing loss on the road.
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