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Sixers-Clippers: 5 things you need to know
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The Sixers (7-14) will try to snap a two-game skid and go back above .500 at home when they host the Los Angeles Clippers (13-8) on Monday night.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CSN) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Point of emphasis
With their starting point guard sidelined, the Sixers will attempt to contain arguably the league’s top floor general.

Michael Carter-Williams is still dealing with a skin infection on his right knee and in comes Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Paul is off to roaring start to the season, averaging 18.4 points and a league-leading 12.0 assists per game. Paul’s dozen assists a night are just around half of the team’s 24.4 dimes a game (tied for second in the league) and are up from his career average of 9.8.

Any plans the Sixers have of taking down the Clippers must center around containing Paul and not allowing him to find his cast of highfliers.

2. On the attack
One way for the Sixers to combat Paul and the Clippers’ attack is to be aggressive themselves on offense.

The Sixers still lead the NBA in pace (102.1 possessions per 48 minutes) and are 10th in scoring (102.9 points per game).

Despite L.A. boasting an athletic tandem down low of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, it would be wise for the Sixers to drive to the rim against a Clippers team that has a tendency of fouling. The Clippers rank 28th in opponents’ free throws attempted per game with 26.8 and are tied for 27th in opponents’ free throws made a contest at 19.3.

Whether the Sixers connect once they get to the charity stripe is a different issue. They are shooting just 69.8 percent from the free throw line this season (28th in the NBA.)

3. Take care
The Sixers’ up-tempo style often leads to turnovers. Their 17.8 giveaways per game are second-worst in the entire league.

They simply can’t afford that against the Clippers. The Clips rate fourth in overall points off turnovers and eighth in fast-break points.

The last thing the Sixers want to do is have miscues that turn into those familiar highlight-reel dunks for the Clippers. They have the nickname “Lob City” for a reason.

4. Injuries
Carter-Williams (knee) is day to day.

Nerlens Noel (knee), Arnett Moultrie (ankle) and Jason Richardson are all out.

Reggie Bullock (ankle) is day to day for the Clippers.

Matt Barnes (eye), J.J. Redick (hand) and Maalik Wayns (knee) are all out.

5. This and that
•    The Sixers are 1-5 without Carter-Williams this season.

•    The Sixers lost both matchups against the Clippers last season by a combined 46 points. They have lost three straight to the Clippers and five of the last seven.

•    The Clippers are on the fourth game of a seven-game road trip.

•    Paul averaged 20 points, 10 assists and five steals in the Clippers’ two wins over the Sixers last season.

•    Jordan (12.9 rebounds per game) and Griffin (10.7 rebounds per game) ranks fourth and fifth in the NBA, respectively. Spencer Hawes’ 10 rebounds per game rates eighth.