As the NBA ways the All Star break, there is a important problem about the Philadelphia 76ers. They just can’t defeat the very best groups in the league.
More than the class of an 82-activity period, a reduction to a superior group on the street is absolutely nothing to drop slumber about. It happens to the very best of groups. But when it happens about and about once again, when it turns into a craze, it is some thing to pay interest to.
The 76ers have no issue beating the groups at this time less than .500 in the NBA. They’re 21-6 for a winning percentage of .778 towards those groups. That should not be a shock. That’s the way it is meant to occur, the superior groups defeat the bad groups.
But towards groups that engage in at or previously mentioned .500, the 76ers are a paltry 11-12 for a winning percentage of .478. This is a real problem, due to the fact the groups taking part in about .500 are the groups they’ll have to confront in the playoffs. If they just can’t defeat the very best groups now, how can they defeat them in March and April?
The information is even worse when we examine Philly’s file towards the elite groups, those with winning percentages about .600. These are the groups the 76ers would confront in the second spherical of the playoffs and further than. From the elite groups, the 76ers have only won a few of 12 games for a winning percentage of .250.
The 76ers file of 32-18 helps make them a single of the elite groups in the East. The many others are the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics. The Sixers are 3-6 towards those groups. They’re -2 towards the Bucks, 1-2 towards the Raptors and -2 towards the Celtics, the group that knocked them out of the playoffs in the second spherical past 12 months. The only .600 group that the Sixers have a winning file towards (2-1) is the Pacers.
When we undertaking out West, the information receives even worse. The 76ers are -3 towards groups in the Western Convention with a winning percentage about .600, and they have not even played the Golden Condition Warriors yet. Philadelphia has lost to the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Path Blazers and the Oklahoma Thunder. The regular rating in those a few games is 126-108.
We will uncover out a large amount about the 76ers about the extend of games prior to the 2019 All-Star Sport. The Sixers engage in 8 games prior to the break. 7 of those games are towards groups taking part in previously mentioned .500. 3 of those games are towards elite groups, or groups taking part in previously mentioned .600 — the Warriors, Nuggets and Raptors.
I’m sure some of you are saying, “Well, of class they are likely to do worse towards the superior groups and the elite groups.” Of course, that is genuine. But to acquire an NBA championship, you have to be ready to defeat the elite groups.
As an illustration, let’s appear at the Japanese Convention-foremost Milwaukee Bucks. From the groups about .500, the Bucks are 16-4. From the about .600 groups, they are 8-4. It is straightforward to appear at that file and say, “The Bucks have a genuine chance of winning the NBA title.” I don’t consider you can say the identical about the Sixers, at minimum not ideal now.
There is still a large amount of period remaining and a large amount of games towards playoff-certain groups to engage in. But the Philadelphia 76ers want to exhibit that they can defeat the very best, to have any shot at becoming the very best.