The NBA has reached its All Star break and the Sixers currently sit with a record of 37-21 and are fifth in the eastern conference. Following a big splash at the trade deadline the “new look” Sixers look poised to make a run at the NBA championship this year. With securing home court advantage in the playoffs still on the line here is a list of the Sixers biggest remaining games through their last 24 games.
10. April 10th vs. Chicago Bulls
Now I know what you are thinking, the Bulls are not contending for anything this year so what makes this game important. What makes this game important is that it is the Sixers final game of the regular season. Playing a team like Chicago to close out the season could be greatly beneficial for the Sixers to pick up a win and create momentum going into the Playoffs. And depending on the standings, it may have large implications on seeding in the Eastern Conference.
9. March 5th vs. Orlando Magic
This is another game where the Sixers should easily pick up a victory but there will be a lot of outside attention on this game. Mainly because this game will be the homecoming of former number one overall pick Markelle Fultz. It will be his first time back in Philadelphia since being traded to the Magic at the trade deadline for Jonathan Simmons. Whether he’ll be playing or even in attendance is a mystery at this point though.
8. March 8th @ Houston Rockets
Now this list starts to get into the big teams the Sixers will face to close out the season. This game will be big for the Sixers because they are going up against a Western Conference team who will also be looking to solidify home court in the Playoffs. Current MVP favorite James Harden will be looking for revenge on his home court after the Sixers had a blowout win against the Rockets on national television earlier this season.
7. March 28th vs. Brooklyn Nets
This game against the Nets made the list for two different reasons. The first is that the Nets looked poised to end their playoff drought this season as they sit in the playoff picture in the east heading into the All Star break. Secondly the Nets have always been a team that have given the Sixers a run for their money every time they face off. Both games that they have played this year were decided by a total of five points. The Sixers won the first match up by two points and then the Nets won the rematch by three points. This grudge match late in the season should be a good one.
6. March 10th vs. Indiana Pacers
Even though the Pacers lost their star player in Victor Oladipo to injury, this game is still big for the Sixers. This game is a must win because as of right now the Pacers are one of the few teams that sit above the Sixers in the conference standings. With this game being at home it is a must win for the Sixers if they want home court for at least the first round of the playoffs.
5. March 17th @ Milwaukee Bucks
Rounding out the top five is the first of two times that the Sixers will see the current Eastern Conference leaders in the Bucks. The Bucks have been one of the hottest team in the NBA this season riding off the MVP play off the Greek Freak. Milwaukee currently has a home record of 23-5 so this game will be a good test for the Sixers as they gear up for the playoffs.
4. February 28th @ Oklahoma City Thunder
This game with feature one of the bigger Western Conference match-ups the Sixers have heading down the stretch. Although the Sixers have played well against the West this season the game is on the road where they have not played their best basketball. Along with that they will be facing current MVP dark horse Paul George and we’ll see the next chapter of the Embiid-Westbrook saga.
3. April 4th vs. Milwaukee Bucks
This game will be big for all the reasons stated previously. But this game will be played at the Wells Fargo Center where the Sixers play some of the best basketball in the entire NBA. If the first game against the Bucks does not go well then this game can be a good chance for the Sixers to steal a game from the conference leaders.
2. March 2nd vs. Golden State Warriors
The rematch against the defending champs. This game has the potential to be the game of the year in the entire NBA. After the Sixers went in to Oracle Arena and beat the Warriors they will be looking for revenge. This time around the Sixers will have all their new additions which could lead to some great basketball. Both teams will hopefully be fully healthy when they square off again in Philadelphia.
1. March 20th vs. Boston Celtics
This game is the clear cut number one. The Sixers have one more chance to avoid the season sweep against the rival Celtics. Boston has barely come out with the win the last two times they faced the Sixers so this could be the chance for the Sixers to pull one out against Boston before the regular season comes to an end. After the OT thriller on Christmas day and their recent three point victory last week Boston stole two wins from the Sixers. This time around the Sixers will have more time to blend the new additions into the system. I believe that this is the biggest game left in the Sixers’ season and they are fully prepared to win this game.
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