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The Philadelphia 76ers can beat both the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers, but their chances of doing so decline greatly if point guard Jrue Holiday can't play. It's unsure whether he'll be able to go Friday night.
Holiday is considered a game-time decision for Friday night's game against the Indiana Pacers with a sprained left foot. Saying Holiday has been important for the Sixers isn't really telling the whole story: he leads the team in scoring with 18.4 points, only having dipped into single digits one time this season. And what scoring he doesn't produce, he creates, averaging 8.9 assists per game. They'll need the fourth-year guard in the lineup to have their best shot of being successful.
The Pacers provide a decent matchup for Philadelphia as, like the Sixers, they're more proficient on offense and defense: they have the fourth-best defensive efficiency in the league, but third-worst on offense, evening out to put them at 11-11 on the year.
Sunday, the Sixers head back to home to take on the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. Everybody around the NBA is well aware of Los Angeles' confusing year. Despite having Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, they're 9-14, and only 4-9 under new coach Mike D'Antoni. Bryant has managed 30 points in 13 games, but the Lakers have won just one of those games.
Here's a look at Philadelphia's games this weekend, as well as nationally televised matchups:
Friday, Dec. 14
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m., CSN Philly
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Rockets, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 15
Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m., NBATV
Sunday, Dec. 16
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6 p.m., CSN Philly