The Sixers would actually not mind losing tonight

Essentials

  • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: April 26, 2012
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 24-41
  • Sixers: 35-30

Probable starters

Pistons:

Sixers:

  • Jrue Holiday Lou Williams maybe? Craig Brackins
  • Evan Turner
  • Andre Iguodala Thad Young Jodie Meeks
  • Elton Brand Lavoy Allen
  • Spencer Hawes

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -7.5

Over/under: 183.5

Score: Pistons win,95.5-88

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Playing for something

Tonight’s game isn’t just two teams playing out the season. Modest playoff seeding is still at stake for Philly, as Ball Don’t Lie’s Dan Devine explains:

A Knicks win over the Bobcats would lock them into the No. 7 seed and a date with the Heat no matter what Philly does, as New York won the season series between the two teams; a Sixers loss to Detroit would do the same, guaranteeing Doug Collins’ crew a trip to Chicago. The combination of a Philadelphia win and a New York loss, though, would invert matters, pitting the 76ers against the Heat and the Knicks against the Bulls when the playoffs begin.

As you might have guessed, the Sixers would rather face the Bulls in the first round, hence them resting Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young and possibly Jrue Holiday tonight.

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