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Fanatics Preview: Knicks (5-4) v. Sixers (7-2)

KNICKS

New York Knicks

Overall Analysis and Expectations

The Sixers come to the Garden with a 7-2 record from a six game winning streak. The Sixers may be slowed by the fact that this is their third game in as many nights. The Sixers have the best D in the league and have a crazy +16 point differential.   . . . The Knicks played a solid all-round game in getting revenge against the Bobcats 91-87 and to extend their own win streak to three.  Prior to that, the Knicks decimated the Pistons.  With Iman Shumpert growing in his role as starting PG, the Knicks hope to keep up with the youthful and fast breaking Sixers. Hopefully the Knicks can keep it close and allow Anthony to work his scoring magic in the end game.

SIXERS


PG

Iman Shumpert

Shumpert

Mike Bibby

Bibby
 

Iman Shumpert is learning to become a point guard and is doing a little more than following D’Antoni’s standing order to feed Melo and Stat in the post when they demand the ball.  Shumpert’s brings tenacious defense and the length to capitalize on his energy.  Bibby continues to prove he is an underestimated old man, but should have his hands full tyring to keep up with Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday. . . Lou Williams is averaging 16.4 pts in 25.7 minutes while shooting 44% from the floor. Jru Holiday in his third year is playing 34.7 minutes per game with a 45% shooting percentage 14.8 ppg with 4.9 assts and nearly 2 steals pg. 

PG

Jrue Holiday 

 

 Holiday

Lou Williams

Williams

SF

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony

Bill Walker

Walker

Carmelo Anthony has been leading the Knicks with an average of 26.6 points, but has increased his assist production in the past two games. . . .The 76ers are so deep that Evan Turner who is averaging 10pts, 3 assts and 6.2 rebounds per game is not pictured here.  Walker will certainly find staying out of foul trouble a challenge.

SFAndre Iguodala

Iguodala

Thaddeus Young

Young 

PF

Amare Stoudemire

Stoudemire

Steve Novak

Novak

Amare appears to have found his rhythm as he is averaging 23.8 points and 11.0 boards in the last four games.  He will have his hands full defensively against Brand, Young and Allen.  However, Amare in the paint should be virtually unstoppable.

PF

Elton Brand

Brand

Lavoy Allen

Allen


C

Tyson Chandler

Chandler

Josh Harrellson

Harrelson

Spencer Hawes is suffering from back problems, which may mean trouble for Chandler who will be forced to contain his proneness to foul trouble against a team which likes to force action in the paint.

CSpencer Hawes

HawesNikola Vucevic

Vucevic