The two worst teams in the NBA square off at the Wells Fargo Center tonight when the Sixers host the Bucks. The Sixers are on a 10-game losing streak while the Bucks have dropped their last two and are 2-8 in their last 10.
Here is the matchup in 3-Dei.
1) Demonstrate organized chaos
A kamikaze approach to the game served the Sixers well Friday when Brett Brown had only eight players available. The Sixers did not win, but they cut a 22-point Dallas lead to four in the third quarter before losing 124-112.
The Sixers have plenty of young legs allowing them to trap full-court or at least three quarters of the 94 feet. That defensive pressure forced the Mavericks into a season-high 25 turnovers, 12 more than Dallas averages nightly.
2) Minimize Milwaukee breakouts
The Bucks average the second-fewest points in the NBA at 92.3 per game. But Saturday night in a 110-100 loss to Indiana, Milwaukee point guard Brandon Knight dropped 30 points on the number one defensive team in terms of points allowed. In addition to Knight, Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova and Caron Butler have shown to be more than capable scorers against the Sixers this season.
Butler sat out Saturday because of an ankle injury but is expected to play tonight. He is averaging 30 points against the Sixers in two meetings. Ilyasova scored 19 points in the one game he played, and Middleton scored 27 points the last time the two teams met.
3) Set defensive goals statistically
In tonight's game, giving up 124 points is not a winning formula. In addition to scoring those points, Dallas shot 62.3 percent from the field Friday. Pushing the pace allows for higher numbers but there has to be some responsibility taken to get stops, especially when teams are running at you. The Sixers are 6-1 when their opponent shoots under 40 percent. It is a lofty goal but clearly a number that coincides with winning.