By Matt Leon & Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Tonight the Sixers will be looking to do something they haven’t done since the last week of November: win back-to-back games.
The New Orleans Hornets stand in the way of that modest goal. They will be making their lone trip to South Philadelphia in the regular season for this one. The Sixers will look to build off of Saturday’s 107-100 win over the Houston Rockets, a win which snapped a five-game losing streak.
This is a key part of the schedule for the Sixers. Including that Rockets win, the Sixers are in the midst of a stretch where they play 12 of 13 at home – but they are just 10-8 this season on their home court.
The Sixers will need to right the ship if they hope to go back to the playoffs this season, and are currently on the outside looking in, four games behind the eighth place Milwaukee Bucks.
The Hornets are just 11-26, but they had won four in a row before losing last time out in New York on Sunday, 100-87. They’re are 4-2 in their last six games, and have been a different team since getting star shooting guard Eric Gordon back from a knee injury. The pairing of Gordon and first overall pick Anthony Davis was what the Hornets were banking on to be the future of the franchise when New Orleans signed Gordon to a max-contract during the off-season, matching an offer sheet he signed with the Phoenix Suns.
This is the second and final meeting between these two teams. The Sixers won the first back on November 7th, smothering the Hornets, 77-62, down in New Orleans.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Tom Moore, Sixers beat writer for phillyburbs.com and Calkins Media, and talked about this match-up and the continued progress of center Andrew Bynum.