WHEN: 7 p.m. EST
WHERE: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
The Philadelphia 76ers come in to Friday night's matchup with the Charlotte Hornets having not won a single game to start the season. 0-12 to start the year is not the ideal start to a season, even if the 76ers aren't trying to win games.
The Hornets have been playing well as of late. They are now .500 at 6-6, having won four of their last six games and losing two close games on the road. The defense has steadily been tightening as the team gets used to playing without their heart and soul on that end, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. After starting off the year abysmally, Charlotte now ranks 18th in defensive efficiency. A lot of that credit has to go to Coach Steve Clifford for being able to adjust and make this roster full of underwhelming athletes able to buy in to his principles and scheme.
That improving defense will be going up against one of the worst offenses of all time. The Sixers are currently in last place in offensive efficiency by seven whole points per 100 possessions behind the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets' offense has been atrocious this season, and even they make the Sixers look awful. Seven points is an egregious margin to be separated from the rest of the league.
The only thing that could maybe bring some worry is that the 76ers have recently been putting together some competent stretches of basketball. Before losing to the Indiana Pacers by 27, Philly almost beat the Dallas Mavericks and only lost to the San Antonio Spurs by nine. They are getting hungrier and more desperate for a win, and this could be a trap game for the Hornets at home.
Given the early season data and the fact that Charlotte has played really well at home so far (4-1 on the year), it isn't likely that this becomes the night where the Sixers break their streak.