The Philadelphia 76ers are as yet first spot in the Eastern Conference at 21-11, with four games staying before the All-Star break. You can begin looking forward now, however, as the Sixers have authoritatively reported their schedule for the second half of the season.
After the All-Star break, the Sixers have 17 home games, 19 road games, nine back-to-backs, and three two-game series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and Orlando Magic.
There are two especially challenging stretches of games that stand out. To begin with, their three street matchups against the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers then Denver Nuggets toward the finish of March. When the Sixers get past their first few games in April, they’ll face what will be their hardest leftover stretch by far:
April 6 @ Boston
April 9 @ New Orleans
April 10 @ Oklahoma City
April 12 @ Dallas
April 14 vs. Brooklyn
April 16 vs. LA Clippers
April 19 vs. Golden State
April 21 vs. Phoenix
April 22 @ Milwaukee
April 24 @ Milwaukee
From that point, Philly can in any event profit by a lot simpler finish to the season.
The Sixers right now rank thirteenth in offensive rating, seventh in defensive rating, and eighth in net rating at +2.8. Here’s the manner by which they’ve fared at home and on the road up until this point:
Home: 13-2 record, eighth in offensive rating (114.1), eighth in defensive rating (108.3), fifth in net rating (+5.8).
Road: 8-9 record, twentieth in offensive rating (110), tenth in defensive rating (109.9), fifteenth in net rating (+0.1).
As indicated by Positive Residual’s investigation, the Sixers have the sixteenth hardest strength of schedule pushing ahead this season.
For the present, their next contest is a home game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.