76ers Preview for the week of April 8th

With the 76ers eliminated from the playoff race it's time for players like Arnett Moultrie get more minutes.This is it folks. The last two weeks of the NBA regular season and the 76ers have nothing to play for now. Officially eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, they play their last six games over the next two weeks and need to use this time to get players like Arnett Moultrie more playing time.

Tuesday April 9, 2013

Away Vs. Brooklyn Nets (44-32)

The Nets are still trying to lock up fourth place in the Eastern Conference and need to win this game to keep ahead of the Chicago Bulls for home court advantage in the first round. This would be the perfect chance for the 76ers to play some sort of spoiler roll if they can handle the Nets and get a good win over them, in Brooklyn. Deron Williams has been playing very well lately and is averaging 18.7 points a game for the year, but really seems to be taking the playoff push seriously. Hopefully the 76ers defense, which has been playing very well lately, continues that trend and is able to shut down Williams, Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans.

Prediction: 76ers – 94 Nets – 90

Wednesday April 10, 2013

Home VS Atlanta Hawks (42-36)

The Hawks will come to town on looking for a little revenge over the 76ers for last Friday’s loss at home. They’re still in the mix with Chicago and Brooklyn for the 4th seed in the playoffs, but they’ll need some wins this week to get up to where Brooklyn is now. This is the 76ers second and final chance at hurting a teams playoff seeding as they can help mess up the hopes of the Hawks with another victory. As the teams are playing for playoff position, the 76ers are playing to hurt other teams and have nothing to lose.

Prediction: 76ers – 98 Hawks – 93

Friday April 12, 2013

Away Vs. Washington Wizards (29-48)

The Wizards sit just below the 76ers in the standings and this game means nothing other than a battle for ping pong balls. John Wall has been playing much better with 18 points and 7.6 assists per game, but the team itself is much like the 76ers with a complete lack of consistency.  The 76ers defense, again, should continue to play well and be able to hold off the Wizards and finish the week 3-0.

Prediction: 76ers – 96 Wizards – 88

In the end, the 76ers don’t have much to play for, but they’ll stay proud and continue to play at a level more to what we thought at the beginning of the year then they’ve played all year. As they finish the season we should get to see more Moultrie and less Lavoy Allen, but you never know with Doug Collins. We’ll hear, after each game of their heart and tenacity, but what we won’t hear is that the 76ers have failed, which is exactly what they’ve done this year.

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Tim Sullivan

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