Half this month will be tough for the Philadelphia 76ers until All-Star weekend. They will be playing most of their games on the road and the majority of their games before the break are against playoff-bound teams.
After Saturday night’s 96-113 embarrassment to the 19-27 Detroit Pistons, the Sixers may encounter difficulty for their next six games. The loss showed the Sixers’ vulnerabilities from a team just out of playoff position.
The Sixers play the 20-25 Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn on Monday night. The Nets have been playing well lately as they jumped from near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings to being in playoff position. The Nets are looking to bounce back after losing their last three games.
The Sixers big men Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Dewayne Dedmon will have to find a way to stop Nets star center Brook Lopez who averages 20.7 points and 1.76 blocks per game.
They then play two of the league’s worst teams, the Boston Celtics at home and the Los Angeles Lakers away. The games may appear easy considering the Sixers beat both teams so far, but the next meeting should be much tougher.
The Sixers barely beat Boston and the Lakers will be home looking to end their losing streak. Lakers guards Kendall Marshall and Nick Young will be tough to guard. Young has been the Lakers’ scoring option and Marshall is averaging nearly 10 assists per game.
Center Pau Gasol’s recent play will make the it tough for the Sixers’ post players to defend him.
The Sixers play the Pacific Division’s two toughest teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Clippers have All-Star point guard Chris Paul, center DeAndre Jordan and high-flying power forward Blake Griffin. The Warriors have All-Star point guard Stephen Curry, who is one of the leading candidates for MVP.
The Sixers then conclude their road trip against the hapless Utah Jazz. The Jazz may be one of the league’s worst teams, but their recent play will make the game tough for the Sixers to scrap a win.
The next six games will give the Sixers the opportunity to improve.