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2015-2016 NBA REGULAR SEASON
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March 2nd, 2016
The Center
7:00 p.m.
CSN Philly/Marc Zumoff, Alaa Abdelnaby, and Molly Sullivan
PROBABLE STARTERS
Kemba Walker PG Ish Smith
Courtney Lee SG Nik Stauskas
Nic Batum SF Robert Covington
Marvin Williams PF Jahlil Okafor
Cody Zeller C Nerlens Noel
2015/16 ADVANCED STATS
97.7 (T-16th) PACE 100.2 (6th)
103.2 (12th) OFF EFF 95.6 (30th)
101.5 (9th) DEF EFF 106.0 (23rd)
GAME OFFICIALS
Bill Kennedy
Steve Anderson
Nick Buchert

After a poor two-game road trip, the Philadelphia 76ers return to The Center to take on the Charlotte Hornets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Since the All-Star break, the Sixers have been absolutely dreadful, especially on the defensive end. They've allowed over 110 points a night to their opponents in six of their last seven games since returning to action on Feb. 19, and Monday's loss to the Washington Wizards was no exception.

John Wall's 37 points on 13-26 shooting propelled the Wizards over the Sixers by a final of 116-108, Philadelphia's ninth straight loss. Ish Smith returned to his scoring ways on Monday, leading the team with 25 points and 7 assists. Nerlens Noel chipped in added 11 points and 6 rebounds, but failed to stay out of foul trouble.

On the injury front, Jahlil Okafor sat out last game with a shin contusion, and he will also miss Wednesday's game as well. Hollis Thompson, who has missed the past two games with an upper respiratory infection, will be in the lineup.

On the flip side, the Hornets are coming off a 126-92 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday evening. Kemba Walker led all scorers with 26 points on 9-16 shooting, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. The UCONN product is averaging 21.0 points over his last five games, shooting 45.8% from the field and 37.1% from beyond the arc. He'll certainly be a tough test for Ish Smith. Now resigned to a role coming off the bench, Al Jefferson added 19 points of his own against the Suns. Seeing as how the Sixers really lack any size in their second unit, Jefferson will be a hard cover this evening.