By: Brendan Shuff
The NBA regular season comes to an end with the final games being played on Wednesday, April 11th. WIth the NBA Playoffs scheduled to begin on April, 14th there are still several games to be played with remarkable importance to finalize the playoff picture.
Current EC Standings Seeds 3-8 (remaining regular season opponents)
3: Sixers (49-30) vs Mavericks | @ Hawks | vs Bucks
4: Cavalierss (49-31) @ Knicks | vs Knicks
5: Pacers (47-33) @ Hornets | vs Hornets
6: Heat (43-37) vs Thunder | vs Raptors
7: Bucks (42-37) @ Knicks | vs Magic | @ Sixers
8: Wizards (42-38) vs Celtics | @ Magic
My Final Projections
3: Sixers 52-30
4: Cavaliers 51-31
5: Pacers 49-33
6: Bucks 44-38
7: Heat 43-39 *would hold tie breaker
8: Wizards 43-39
The 76ers need 1 win to secure home court in the 1st round of the NBA playoffs which is certainly vital. However holding onto the 3 seed would significantly increase their odds in round 2. If Sixers & Cavaliers finish the season at 51-31, the Cavs hold the first tie breaker.
If the 76ers can go 3-0 in their remaining regular season games. They would finish the regular season with a 16 game winning streak a 28-10 home record including 21-1 home record in their last 22. To top it all they would secure themselves the 3 seed and a solid pathway to the ECF!