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Hornets-76ers Preview

The Hornets take a one-game road trip to Philadelphia to play the 76ers in a game that no one probably has circled on their calendars. Like any game, there are reasons to still watch.

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When: 7pm EST

Where: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA

After two wins earlier this month against the lowly Timberwolves and Pistons, the 76ers have dropped four straight. The Hornets are in a similar situation as a team on a four game losing streak after two wins early in the month. For both teams, this could be a game to build some confidence against a struggling opponent.

While much has gone wrong for both teams this season, both are fairly healthy. Of course Joel Embiid and Jason Richardson won't play for Philadelphia. Newly signed Turkish big man Furkan Aldemir has a bruised heel and is questionable, but that's about it. As for our beloved Hornets, no one is on the injury report as of this writing.

While there isn't much worth your attention with the 76ers, rookie Nerlens Noel is one to watch. Noel hasn't been overwhelming as a prospect, but he hasn't been terrible either. On Monday against the Celtics, Noel shot 9-12 from the field and finished with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Noel has particularly struggled shooting the ball this season, and may be looking to use the Celtics game as a confidence booster. How the Hornets keep Noel from affecting the game like he did against Boston will be important for Steve Clifford and Co.

Nobody likes losing to the 76ers right now. There's a certain shame and humiliation that comes with it. That "L" sits on the schedule next to the night's boxscores like a Scarlet Letter. Philadelphia may not be the most talented team, but they are a team with nothing to lose and that's what makes them dangerous. We saw what happened when Minnesota and Detroit played down to them, and the Hornets must not do the same.

Winning tonight could put the Hornets in position to put together a nice three game winning streak before the Holidays as they return home after this to play Utah and Denver.