Let’s all assume that the NBA resumes tomorrow and the playoffs begin right away.

If this were to be the case, the Sixers would hold the sixth seed and face the Boston Celtics in the first round. This would be followed by the winner of the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets series.

Finally, the Eastern Conference Finals would be against either the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, or Orlando Magic.

So, which of these teams should the Sixers look out for as the playoffs progress?

Toronto Raptors

Assuming both teams can make it out of their first-round matchups, the Sixers should be on the lookout for the Raptors. The Raptors have taken two of three from the Sixers this season in very close, competitive games with the average margin of victory being just under eight points.

This potential second-round matchup would absolutely be an entertaining and competitive series, but one the Sixers and Sixers’ fans may not be excited for.

Miami Heat

Here is a surprising and humbling stat for Sixers’ fans: there is not a single team the Sixers could face in the Eastern Conference Finals that the Sixers have a winning record over this season. That includes the Orlando Magic (0-2), the Indiana Pacers (1-2), the Miami Heat (1-3), and the Milwaukee Bucks (1-2), who we’ll talk about later.

Therefore, the Sixers should not be excited for any potential matchups in the Eastern Conference Finals. That being said, there are some matchups that are worse than others. Take, for example, the Miami Heat. The Heat have been playing a zone defense, which seems to be the Sixers’ kryptonite. For some reason, this zone defense cannot be figured out and has led to multiple losses this season.

Another humbling stat for the Sixers is that the Heat have a combined six wins and one loss to all of their potential first and second-round matchups. This means that if the Sixers do in fact make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, they could be meeting the Miami Heat there.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are the team to beat in the NBA, let alone the Eastern Conference. The Bucks currently hold the best record in the NBA this season, the potential NBA MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo, and two of three wins over the Sixers.

The Sixers will certainly have their work cut out for them if they meet the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Slowing down Giannis is no easy task, and it is one that has been mostly placed on Ben Simmons. With Simmons’ career-defining year defensively, he could provide some semblance of hope for the Sixers.

Regardless, this will most likely be the toughest matchup for any team in the playoffs, let alone just the Sixers.

Who do you think will be the Sixers’ toughest matchup in the playoffs?

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