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Sixers @ Bobcats Game Thread 1/20/11

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Philadelphia 76ers (17-24)

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Charlotte Bobcats (16-24)

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TV: Comcast SportsNet, NBA League Pass Channel 3

Tip Time: 7:00 EST

Location: Time Warner Cable Arena

Vegas Line: 5 (Bobcats)

Previous Meeting: 101-91 W, 96-92 W (OT)

Mortal Enemies of the Night: Rufus on Fire

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  • The Bobcats are 7-5 since Paul Silus replaced Larry Brown as head coach, and have a point differential of +19 during that time.
  • The Bobcats are coming off a one-point win @ Chicago, but the Bulls were without Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.
  • For the love of ugly basketball, tonight will be the final meeting between these teams this season. The Sixers have won the previous two, but needed a late Lou Williams three to force overtime three days ago.
  • Three days ago when these teams met the Bobcats were without Tyrus Thomas, who was suspended for a flagrant foul. He'll play tonight.
  • The Sixers largest advantage is in the turnover department where they own the lowest rate in the NBA. The Bobcats have the highest.
  • The Bobcats' advantage will be on the glass where they're tied for fourth in total rebounding. The Sixers are tied for 20th.
  • The 7-10 seeds in the Eastern Conference (Sixers, Pacers, Bobcats, and Bucks) are separated by only one game coming into tonight. A Bobcats win tonight would knock the Sixers down from the seventh seed to the ninth seed.
  • Prediction: Bobcats 91 Sixers 87

Go Sixers!