2013 NBA Playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers Tough Remaining Schedule Will Leave Them Out of Playoffs

By Taylor Sturm
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers are firmly planted in ninth place in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. They are seven games behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the last playoff spot. Without an extreme amount of luck, the 76ers will not make the NBA Playoffs this season because their remaining schedule is far too difficult.

Philadelphia has an easy next three games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and then back-to-back games against the Charlotte Bobcats, but in the last eight game stretch of the season, the 76ers play the Miami Heat once, the Atlanta Hawks twice and the Indiana Pacers in the final game of the season. Philadelphia is 2-6 against these teams so far this year. The 76ers don’t seem to have the capability to win consistently for long stretches of the season. They have not won more than three games in a row all season, and that has only happened twice close to the very beginning. They would basically need to win out in order to make the playoffs.

Not only would the 76ers have to go almost undefeated, they would have to pull off a few amazing upsets over some of the NBA’s top teams. They would also have to hope that Milwaukee suffered a monumental collapse and started to lose all of their games, but the Bucks are too talented to lose a majority of their final games. Too many things would have to fall into place for the 76ers, and Philadelphia will find themselves on the outside looking into the NBA Playoffs.

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