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The Sixers look to reverse their recent fortunes and take one on the road.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Philadelphia 76ers John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers are looking to rebound from a terrible loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, in which they committed 26 turnovers, as they face the Charlotte Hornets tonight at the Spectrum Center. The two teams faced off only four days ago in a game that felt like a trap game for the first three quarters only to see the Sixers come back and take the lead, and the win, in the fourth.

In order to come away with another win, the Sixers will need to contain Kemba Walker. In Friday’s game, Walker had a game-high 31 points and his quickness proved to be too much for the Sixers’ defenders. Robert Covington was frequently tasked with guarding Walker and had difficulty keeping up. Walker made 8 uncontested field goals on the night in 14 attempts.

If the Sixers don’t have an answer for Walker, they’re lucky that the Hornets don’t seem to have an answer for Joel Embiid. In Friday’s game, Dwight Howard picked up three fouls in the first quarter in an attempt to contain Embiid. Due to his foul trouble, Howard only played 25 minutes, leaving backup center Willy Hernangomez to try and contain the Sixers’ center. Embiid took advantage of this matchup scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

The Sixers have great success on their home court, but not so much on their opponents’. They are currently 14-18 on the road and have dropped seven of their last nine away games. With road games against the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets (both teams they have lost to on the road in that nine-game stretch) coming up, this game against the Hornets could be an important one to flip their road game fortunes. The Hornets have proved they can have success against the Sixers, so Philadelphia will need to limit their turnovers (like always) and find an answer for Walker if they want to take this game on the road.

Game Info:

Game Time: 7:00 pm

TV: NBCSports Philadelphia

Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic