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Sixers @ Blazers Game Thread 03/19/11

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Philadelphia 76ers (36-33)

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Portland Trail Blazers (39-29)
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TV: NBA League Pass Channel 2

Tip Time: 10:00 EST

Location: The Rose Garden

Vegas Line: 6.5 (Blazers)

Previous Meetings: 88-79 W

Mortal Enemies of the Night: Blazersedge

76ers vs Trail Blazers coverage

  • At the February 24 Trade Deadline the Blazers acquired Gerald Wallace from the Bobcats, and Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby both returned from injury. Since then the Blazers are 7-4 and have become an absolutely frightening first round opponent in the playoffs.
  • Any time you have a nine-man rotation of Andre Miller, Wesley Matthews, Nic Batum, Gerald Wallace, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby, Rudy Fernandez, Patty Mills and Brandon Roy, consider yourself stacked.
  • Andre Miller is expected to play tonight, after leaving the team to attend to a family matter.
  • Andre Iguodala is officially out with a bum knee. Evan Turner will start. I think I speak for everyone when I say, I'd love to see a career nights both the Turner and Holiday in Iguodala's absence.
  • The Blazers are 23-10 at home this season.
  • The Blazers are the slowest-paced team in the NBA, and don't turn the ball over often. The Sixers must change that to have any chance in this game, without Andre Iguodala.
  • Both the Knicks and Hawks are off tonight.
  • This is a game the Sixers should lose.They're on the road, playing the second of a back-to-back, and without their best player. It'll take a gutsy performance to pull this one out tonight.
  • Prediction: 97-85 Blazers