Allen, Moultrie remain sidelined against Bobcats

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Lavoy Allen, left, picks up a loose ball as Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson covers in the fourth quarter of the Sixers' 114-102 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Dewayne Dedmon will make his 76ers debut Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Wells Fargo Center.

Reserve post players Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie, however, will not play.

Allen will miss his third consecutive game with a strained right calf. The 6-foot-9, 255-pounder is expected to return to action this weekend. The Sixers host the Miami Heat on Friday and play at the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

It is unknown when Moultrie will play his first game of the season. The 6-10, 240-pounder has been sidelined this season with a left ankle injury. He participated in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage on Dec. 31.

“There are medical tests and fitness tests that he’s got to pass so we don’t reinjure him,” coach Brett Brown said following Wednesday morning’s shootaround at Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine. “It’s for his best interest.

“I know he’s excited to go. I’m excited to see him play. But there is criteria regards to body-weight goals and fitness test that haven’t been met.”

The Sixers (12-25) signed the 7-foot, 255-pound Dedmon to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. The center was called up from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, in which he averaged 15.2 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.3 locked shots.

Allen is the Sixers best reserve post player, averaging 5.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.

The team will look to snap its four-game losing streak.

- Keith Pompey

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