Sixers Playoff Opponent Hinges on Weekend Results
Its the final weekend of the NBA season and the Sixers first-round playoff opponent is still yet to be determined.
The team currently sits fourth spot in the eastern conference with two games remaining, with Indiana and Detroit still on the slate.
If the Sixers want to avoid playing the Toronto Raptors in the first-round, they are going to need to sweep this weekends games and get some help. Philadelphia would need Milwaukee or Boston to lose one of its remaining games to finish higher than fourth.
The 76ers can't, however, finish higher than third, as they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with Milwaukee (which won the season series) and now can only tie them in wins. Philadelphia also loses the tiebreaker to Boston, (which has a better division record).
If the Sixers make it to the No. 3 seed they would have and more favorable matchup with the Chicago Bulls, who are locked in at No. 6.
Playing Toronto makes things interesting with Matisse Thybulle unlikely for road games in Canada. Thybulle was ineligible for Thursday’s game due to Toronto's vaccine mandate and would be unlikely to play there if the teams met in the playoffs.
The Sixers tip off against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tune to 97.3 ESPN FM South Jersey's Sixers Station.