The Philadelphia 76ers hit the road for a back-to-back against two teams that sit at .500 on the year, hoping to keep a turn a two-game winning streak into something bigger.
First up for the Sixers are the Charlotte Bobcats, who have already equaled their win total from last year at seven, but suffered an embarrassing loss Monday to the Oklahoma City Thunder when they lost by 45. The backcourt combo of a constantly improving Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions with Ben Gordon coming off the bench has guided Charlotte thus far.
Saturday night brings the 76ers to Chicago to take on the Bulls. Like Philadelphia, Chicago has been dealing with an injury to its best player, as Derrick Rose is out for possibly the entire season. At .500, they haven't really solved that problem as well as Philadelphia in the early going. Kirk Hinrich is starting at point with Nate Robinson taking a large amount of minutes off the bench, a proposition that works out well when shots are falling and sometimes backfires miserably. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah will provide a difficult matchup for Philadelphia's depleted frontcourt.
Here's the Sixers' weekend schedule, combined with nationally broadcast games:
Friday, November 30: @ Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m., CSN-Philly
Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, December 1: @ Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m., CSN-Philly
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., NBATV-