There are few things more embarrassing than being the only team in the NBA without a win. Philadelphia heads into Wednesday night's game 0-11, and are just eight more losses away from setting the NBA record for most games without a win.
That would certainly be one way to set history, although probably not what the team has in mind. Lucky for them, the odds of that happening look pretty slim. According to the good people at numberFire.com, Philadelphia has a 12.19% of tying the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, who started their season 0-18, and just a 6.72% chance of breaking the record.
As things currently stand, the Sixers won't be favored in a game until the New York Knicks come to town on December 18th, but Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers might be their best shot.
Here are the projections of Philadelphia winning over the next five games:
Indiana is coming off a one-point loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, despite shooting 42.9% from beyond the arc as a team. However, they'll be without at least two main contributors when they take on the Sixers. George Hill, the team's second leading scorer, is out with an upper respiratory injury, as is Rodney Stuckey, who is dealing with a sprained right ankle.
First-round pick Myles Turner underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured thumb, and will miss four to six weeks. That should mean an increased role for both Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill, who combined for 24 of Indiana's 50 rebounds on Monday.
On the Sixers injury front, Jahlil Okafor will be in the lineup tonight after sustaining a cut tongue that the team originally thought would require stitches. Phil Pressey sat out Monday's game with food poisoning, but he should be ready to go tonight. They could really use his help (incredibly); he had eight points, six assists and three rebounds in just 16 minutes of action against San Antonio on Saturday.
So, what say you? Is tonight the night the Sixers get their first win?