With the NBA season closing in on its final stretch (finally!) the Sixers still have a close lead for the second worst record in the league. So as the season begins to close out, every game is going to important as to where the Sixers end up finishing the season. With 26 games to go, this week will be the one of the most important weeks for the Sixers in their tank-filled season.
To start off this week, the Sixers host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in what I am sure will be one of the most exciting games this season(100% sarcasm). The Bucks currently have a record of 10-45 and a firm grasp of the worst record in the league. As you can probably guess the Bucks do not win very often. The good news is that the Sixers also do not win very often. Someone has to win this game, no matter how painful and ugly it may get. If the Sixers can pull out a loss tonight then they would have a real shot at finishing with the season with the worst record in the league. They would only trail the Bucks by three games in the loss column and four in the win column.
With a victory, the Sixers would be ahead of the Bucks by five in the loss column and six in the win column, which would make it hard for the Sixers to finish worse than the second worst record, barring an out-of-nowhere Bucks winning streak. So let us hope for a heavy dose of Byron Mullens tonight. Also, had it not been for that Spencer Hawes one-footed fallaway three pointer, on November 22, that sent the game into OT the last time these two teams met in Philly, this race would have been even closer. The Sixers ended up winning that game and, since wins are so hard to come by for both of these teams, could end up being the difference in who finishes with the worst record.
While finishing with the worst record in the league seems like a tough task, the Sixers still have the inside track for the second worst record in the league. This week they have a real chance to solidify that spot. The Sixers currently have a two game lead over the Orlando Magic, who are 17-41. On Wednesday night the Magic come to Philly and on Sunday night the Sixers head to Orlando. These will be the last two meetings this season between these professional tankers. So by the end of the week, if the Magic sweep the two game set, the Sixers could have a four game lead in the win column for the second worst record.
The Sixers also have one more game this week on Saturday at home against the Wizards, the game that Allen Iverson's jersey will be retired. Stadium will be packed and the Sixers will definitely be up for that game, but I still think the Wizards will walk away with the victory.
My prediction is that the Sixers will end the season with the second worst record in the league. Even with a loss to the Bucks tonight and losing all four games this week, I think it will be hard for the Bucks to catch the Sixers. The trades of Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes will definitely make it a lot closer, but I think the Bucks will still finish the season with the worst record.
So with the second worst record, here would be the 76ers draft lottery odds:
1st Pick- 19.9%
2nd Pick- 18.8 %
3rd Pick- 17.1%
4th Pick- 31.9%
5th Pick- 12.3%