CLIPPERS AT 76ERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Clippers forward Caron Butler is out with a sore lower back, according to coach Vinny Del Negro. Without Butler, Del Negro said he would insert Matt Barnes into the starting lineup.
  • The Clippers are 3-4 on their current eight-game road trip, their longest since 2010-11, with the final game coming Monday at Philadelphia.
  • Despite losing four of their last six games, the Clippers still have the fourth-best winning percentage on the road at .571. The Clippers have never had a winning percentage above .500 on the road for an entire season.
  • Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who is a career 60.6 percent free throw shooter, is up to a career-best 65.6 percent. Over the past 16 games, Griffin is 72-for-101 — 71.2 percent.
  • Meanwhile, Griffin is the only player in the NBA averaging more than 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
  • The Clippers are 27-2 when leading at the end of the first quarter, tops in the NBA.
  • Sixers guard Jason Richardson is scheduled for season-ending surgery on Thursday for his ailing left knee. Richardson is expected to be out for six-to-nine months.
  • Injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum met with reporters about 45 minutes before tip-off. Bynum had been hoping to make his Sixers debut this month, but nothing is certain. “I’m not sure,” Bynum said. “It’s all going to depend if I have a setback.” Bynum added that his left knee is still sore but there’s no swelling.
  • Sixers guard Jrue Holiday has scored 20 or more points in three of the past five games and 19 times overall this season.
  • The Sixers are completing an eight-game homestand, their longest stretch at home since 1986. They’re 5-2 on this homestand.
  • Philadelphia has held the opposition below 90 points in each of the past five games.
  • Over the past 10 games, the Sixers are outscoring opponents by an average of 9.4 points in the paint.

– Andy Jasner

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