While the Sixers suffered a bad loss at home to the Charlotte Hornets and only mustering 98 points against the worst defense in the NBA, they still had a seven-game win streak going into that game and were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Sixers now have a 23-17 record, which is good for fifth in the eastern conference, but they are only 2.5 games out of second place. This is brought up because here are the Sixer’s next ten opponents.
Home vs. Celtics
@ Heat (No Bam and maybe Jimmy)
Home vs. Magic
Home vs. Clippers (No Kawhi or Paul George)
Home vs. Pelicans (Make-up from Dec. 19)
Home vs. Lakers ( Anthony Davis may be back)
Home vs. Kings
Home vs. Grizzlies
This is a genuinely favorable schedule, and the Sixers should be favored in every one of these games except @ Miami. With everyone back healthy, this is the time to make a run. People forget that before Embiid went down with Covid, the Sixers were 8-2, and since then, they have been blitzed with Covid issues. Everyone who plays is through the health and safety protocols, which means there is no excuse not to make a run. Let’s say the Sixers rest Embiid or pull a Sixer and lose a game they are not supposed to; at the minimum, I see us going 7-3 in this stretch which would pull our record to 30-20 and win 14 out our last 17. Would there still be rumors about trading Tobias Harris?
This is such a big stretch because of all the rumors circulating the Sixers. If the Sixers somehow underperform and go 5-5 and lose a couple of games in the east, then the trade rumors will be as loud as ever, and I think other players could find themselves on the block. It is not due or die time for this Sixers team, but it’s time to make a run.