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Sixers Look to Keep Things Rolling in Detroit

Jan 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

Collins_nocioni Fresh off one the signature wins of the early season, a 105-99 win over Chicago, the Sixers hit the road to face the Pistons in Detroit.

Doug Collins, who as the picture to the right illustrates leads NBA coaches in hugs per minute, has a number of things going for him and his young team.

Jrue Holiday is taking command of the point guard position as he continues to learn how to run a team.

Andres Nocioni, a pro's pro, shook of a broken finger and insisted on playing the second half against the Bulls. The guy is tough as nails and provides a much needed veteran presence.

Jodie Meeks got things going again last game as he went 8-11 for 24 points in the Sixers win over Chicago. By in large, when Meeks plays well the 76ers play well. He's proved to be a hot/cold player thus far. When he's going good he provides a perimeter dimension to the offense.

Lastly, Lou Williams has shot 14-24 for 46 points over the last two games. Collins has mentioned how much of a luxury it is to have a guy who can score off the bench and who is able to help close out games.

The 76ers are entering a four game stretch where they'll face Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Charlotte – all winnable games. They are 12-8 over their last 20 games. They'll have a realistic opportunity to improve that mark to a pretty impressive 16-8.

It all starts tonight in Detroit where they'll face the Pistons, who are coached by former Sixer assistant John Kuester. Detroit is just 11-24, and have dropped five of their last six.

Gametime is 7:30 on Comcast SportsNet.