Philly Front Office

Sixers Roundtable – The Brutal Stretch Ahead

The Philadelphia 76ers have had their fair share of problems this season, but through 45 games, they’ve posted a record of 29-16 with an impressive 19-4 mark at home. The team has an upcoming stretch that will show us who they really are, with 12 straight games against teams that are currently above .500. 

Before this 12-game stretch begins on Thursday in Indiana, a few of Philly Front Office’s finest Sixers contributors gave their thoughts on how the team will fare over the coming weeks. 

Brandon – @bapter23

The Sixers win against Minnesota gave me some confidence for them heading into this stretch, but they have still struggled to put together consistent wire-to-wire performances like this throughout the season. Whether it be the depth, the adjustment to having Jimmy Butler or defensive issues, there’s still a lot to figure out for the Sixers before playoff time hits. This chunk of games will be a huge measuring stick for them and with the majority of them at home, that gives them a slight advantage. 

Projected record: 7-5

Jan. 17 @ IND W
Jan 19 vs OKC L
Jan 21 vs HOU W
Jan 23 vs SAS W
Jan 26 @ DEN L
Jan 29 @ LAL W
Jan 31 @ GS L
Feb 2 @ SAC W
Feb 5 vs TOR L
Feb 8 vs DEN W
Feb 10 vs LAL W
Feb 12 vs BOS L

Austin – @Analyst_Austin

I’m operating on what I’ve seen most recently, and what I saw was an offense that finally clicked against Minnesota. Depth will continue to be an issue, but the Sixers are way better than anyone wants to give them credit for. They are the best home team in the NBA, and 7 of the 12 games are at home. They’ll probably lose road games to 2 of the league’s best teams in Denver and Golden State, but I like their chances at home versus anyone, including Toronto and Boston.

Projected record: 10-2

Jan. 17 @ IND W
Jan 19 vs OKC W
Jan 21 vs HOU W
Jan 23 vs SAS W
Jan 26 @ DEN L
Jan 29 @ LAL W
Jan 31 @ GS L
Feb 2 @ SAC W
Feb 5 vs TOR W
Feb 8 vs DEN W
Feb 10 vs LAL W
Feb 12 vs BOS W

Diebler – @mrcrockpot

This is an important stretch of games and I predict the Sixers will finish 8-4 on this trip. I predict the Kings game to be the dud of the group. A game when everything falls apart, the Kings can’t miss and Ben can’t stop turning over the ball. Overall though, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are playing some of their best basketball of the season. I’m looking for increased minutes from Jonah Bolden as he gets more comfortable within the offense. I’m hoping to see more pick and roll opportunities for Jimmy Butler. Jimmy’s usage rate has been steadily increasing since joining the Sixers and I’d like to see him have some big scoring nights (2-3 games of 30+ points).

Projected record: 8-4

Jan. 17 @ INDW
Jan 19 vs OKCW
Jan 21 vs HOUW
Jan 23 vs SASL
Jan 26 @ DENL
Jan 29 @ LALW
Jan 31 @ GSL
Feb 2 @ SACL
Feb 5 vs TORW
Feb 8 vs DENW
Feb 10 vs LALW
Feb 12 vs BOSW

Dan – @dansaysthat

I’ve yet to see this Sixers team really show any bit of consistency, so the idea of predicting too many wins in a row seems naïve at this point. Thus, I do not have the Sixers winning more than three games in a row at any point of this stretch. 7-5 feels optimistic honestly, and if I were to bet on it, I’d bet the under on 6.5 wins. After a monster performance on Tuesday at home against Minnesota, Thursday against Indiana feels like a set up for pure disappointment. Strong bounce back against two teams that they should match up well with in OKC and Houston followed by a team that historically gives them unexplainable fits in San Antonio.

Denver seems like the kind of regular season behemoth that could embarrass the Sixers, especially in Denver. We all seem to agree that the Lakers shouldn’t give us much trouble on the road or at home. Toronto’s depth continues to appear an issue for the Sixers, and I don’t expect Kawhi to sit another game against us. I think Golden State is a team the Sixers will “get up” for and could give them trouble, though I’m likely in the minority there.

Projected record: 7-5

Jan. 17 @ INDL
Jan 19 vs OKCW
Jan 21 vs HOUW
Jan 23 vs SASL
Jan 26 @ DENL
Jan 29 @ LALW
Jan 31 @ GSW
Feb 2 @ SACW
Feb 5 vs TORL
Feb 8 vs DENL
Feb 10 vs LALW
Feb 12 vs BOSW



Brandon Apter

Brandon Apter writes about the Sixers and Phillies for 97.3 ESPN and Philly Front Office. A Philadelphia native, Brandon graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2009. After working in Minor League Baseball for nine seasons, Brandon currently does Marketing & Social Media for Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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