Dec 14 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) dunks against Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers

On to the bottom tier teams of the Atlantic Division as I look at how the Pacers and Sixers will match up.  Talent wise, this is all Pacers.  They have the big time names in Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, George Hill, and Danny Granger.  The Sixers lose their best player in Jrue Holiday, and now have a squad featuring Spencer Hawes, Nerlens Noel, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner among their best players.  Names that will not strike the fear into any team.  Spencer Hawes is someone that I can say is up and coming, but is he even close to the level of Roy Hibbert? I don’t think so.

Therefore, the Pacers should have no problems with this current squad of Sixers, and I would believe they win by double figures in the meetings.  This is a Sixers team that I am not sure will make the playoffs based upon Cleveland and Detroit looking better coming out of the Central Division. In their own division, times are going to be tough with Brooklyn and New York. Who knows what to expect out of Boston, but even that Boston looks to be a little better than Philly. I don’t have much faith in what their team will be this coming season, and maybe the Philly fans will come around to tell me what they’re all about.

Right now, looking at their depth chart, they could be starting a rookie at point guard, which should mean good things for George Hill. He’s a guy that could take advantage of that and use his scoring ability over Williams.  Jason Richardson is listed at shooting guard, but when’s the last season Richardson has been that good?  Evan Turner and Paul George is a good match up of young talent. But I believe Paul George will be that much better all around, and really has an advantage over most guys in his position.  The big battle will be that big men battle with Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert.

Those two guys like to play up near the basket, but Hawes has shown that flair for stepping outside to make a good jump shot. That could be where Philly gets an advantage by pulling away Hibbert from the basket. Ultimately, the Pacers are the stronger teams, and this is a series where the Pacers just take care of business.

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