No. 3 Seed in Playoffs Very Much in Play for Sixers
The No. 3 seed in the east is within reach for the Sixers.
The Sixers will face the Indiana Pacers’ on Tuesday, which could go a long way in determining who will get home-court advantage in the first-round of the NBA playoffs.
With the recent additions of Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova the Sixers are the showed the NBA world that just making the playoffs wasn't good enough.
After their win over Brooklyn on Sunday night, the Sixers finished up a stretch of eight games, going 4-4, playing 7-of-8 on the road.
The team has 17 games left, with 13 of them coming against non-playoff teams
The stretch looks like this:
-Tuesday: vs Pacers (39-28)
-Thursday: @ Knicks (24-43)
-Friday: Brooklyn (21-46)
-Monday: Charlotte (29-38)
Philadelphia (36-29) will play seven of the their 10 games this month against non-playoff teams.
Meanwhile, the Pacers week is very challenging:
-Tuesday: @Philadelphia (35-29)
-Thursday: Toronto (48-17)
-Saturday: @Washington (38-28)
Indiana (39-28) will play three of the top six teams in the Eastern Conference in the next week.
While games against the non-playoff teams are nice for the Sixers, Indiana will be facing a much tougher schedule the rest of the way, with a very important one in Philly on Tuesday.
With the 76ers and Pacers separated by just two game in the loss column, things can change quickly in the standings, especially with a Sixers win on Tuesday.
The Pacers have split the first two games this year with the 76ers. So the winner of Tuesday's game will have the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker.
Indiana still has some tough games remaining, on top of the three games this week, they will face the Golden State Warriors twice, they travel to Toronto and have a west coast trip to face the Clippers, Denver, and New Orleans still to come.
As for Washington, who currently holds the fifth seed in the east, they have a tough wee ahead.
They also have some challenging games remaining on the schedule with two against the Spurs, a trip to Houston and Cleveland and another match-up with Boston in April.
And then there is Cleveland.
The Cavs are just two games ahead of the Sixers and tied with the Pacers for the third seed in the east.
Cleveland is just 5-5 over their last 10 games and have three road games this week.
-Tuesday: @Phoenix (35-29)
-Thursday: @Portland (48-17)
-Saturday: @Chicago (38-28)
They still have two games with Toronto, one with New Orleans and Washington, plus the Sixers.
Tuesday starts the race for he three seed with four teams all in play, and don't forget Miami, who is just three games back of the third seed and Milwaukee who is just four games out of that spot.