No rest for the weary

Jan. 2, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner (12) lays in the ball in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jan. 2, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner (12) lays in the ball in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off the biggest blow out of the season the Suns won’t have a chance to catch their breathe as the Hyphen, Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers come to town in what will be a tough game for the Suns who were completely outplayed by the Warriors the night before.

The 17-14 Suns host the 8-20 Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night in what will be a big test for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns lost to the Warriors Friday night 86-115 as the Warriors shut down the Suns offense and held them to 36 percent shooting from the field. They’ll need to be ready for a well-rested team in the 76ers, who are coming off a weeklong break. On the plus side, the Sixers are a terrible 1-12 on the road this season.

Key Matchup:

Goran Dragic versus Michael Carter-Wlliams. Dragic will be looked to provide a jolt to a team that was embarrassed Friday night. Dragic has responded after tough-losses before and will need to shake-off the Warriors loss Saturday night. Michael Carter-Williams or the “Hyphen” as he’s been dubbed is averaging 20.3 points per game in his last 10 games. The Hyphen will need to continue this form if the Sixers expect to win on the road for only the second time this season.

Key stat:

Three-pointers. The Suns offense runs best when they’re knocking down their threes. The Suns went 4-23 from behind the arc in Friday night’s loss to the Warriors and will need to shoot better if they want to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since

What the Suns offense needs to look for:

Give Goran the ball. Dragic will need to be the catalyst for the Suns offense Saturday night. Dragic and most everybody else on the Suns roster failed to break double-digits in scoring Friday night and facing a poor road team like the Sixers might just be what the team needs.

What the Suns defense needs to look out for:

Speed. The Sixers lead the league in possessions per game averaging 105.3. That means they get up and down the court. And fast. The Suns will have their hands full after flying back into Phoenix Friday night.

Phliadelphia 76ers sleeper to have a good game:

Thaddeus Young has been on fire lately. In his last 10 games Young is averaging 18.2 points per game while shooting a solid 53.1 percent from the field. He could cause issues for a tired and weary team like the Suns.

Prediction: The Suns hold off a speedy Sixers team and win 110-98.

 

Topics: Basketball, Evan Turner, Game Previews, Goran Dragic, Micheal Car, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sports, Suns, Thaddeus Young

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