23 up, 27 down. Two games shy of .500 at 50. Unfortunately, the schedule is going to get harder before it eases up. Let's take a look at the advanced stats, catch up on the player of the game leaderboard and take a look at the next 10 on the schedule.
Over their past 10, the Sixers compiled a 6-4 record and outscored their opponents by 38 points (1,016 to 978). They were 4-1 at home, 2-3 on the road with wins over three playoff teams. A decent stretch that would've been very good if they could've pulled out the Orlando win, great if the Memphis debacle hadn't happened either, but such is life.
Here's a look at the advanced stats, game-by-game and total, through the first fifty:
And the Player of The Game Leaderboard update (you can also check the schedule page
for a quick look at the season's results and individual game capsules).
Looking at that chart, and having followed the team all season, is there really any doubt who the team MVP is after 50 games? A lot can happen over the final 32, but I'd say Brand is a runaway winner to this point.
Here's a look at the schedule over the next ten, with some thoughts. Vote on what you think the Sixers will do over this stretch in the poll below:
- @ ATL, tonight - Both teams are well-rested. Atlanta has won three in a row. Typically, the Sixers play well against Atlanta, but usually come up short. I think this one is a tight loss.
- vs. ORL, tomorrow night - Second night of a b-to-b, Orlando also plays on Tuesday night, at home, against the Clippers. The Magic made themselves considerably older when they made their big trades earlier this season. The b-to-b is an advantage for the Sixers, and I think they win this one. Payback for the way they lost in Orlando last time.
- vs. SAS, Feb. 11th - The Sixers used to play very well against the Spurs. That was when they had Sam Dalembert. With this roster, I'll be shocked if they don't lose to San Antonio. Neither team is on short rest.
- @ MIN, Feb. 12th - Second night of a b-to-b, Minny plays in Indy the previous night, so no disadvantage there. The T-Wolves beat New Orleans last night, Kevin Love could give the Sixers all kinds of problems on the glass. It doesn't matter, this game has to be a win.
- @ MEM, Feb. 15th - Payback, yet again. Both teams will be well-rested. For my own sanity, I have to count this one as a win.
- @ HOU, Feb. 16th - Sixers on second night of a b-to-b, Houston is not. Last game of the brief trip, last game prior to the All Star break. I've got this one as a loss, though I do think the Sixers match up very well with the Rockets and I'm looking forward to seeing Iguodala on Kevin Martin.
- vs. WAS, Feb. 23rd - Washington is on the second night of a b-to-b, and they either will have blown their best chance to win a road game vs. Cleveland, or they'll probably be 0-27 on the road. Either way, the Sixers win after knocking off the rust early.
- vs. DET, Feb. 25th - The trade deadline will have passed, I have no idea what team the Sixers will put on the floor, but it really doesn't matter. This is a win, has to be. Neither team is on short rest.
- @ CLE, Feb 27th - Cleveland's streak could be 31-straight losses by that point. The Sixers make it 32, or help them start a new one. This is a win. Neither team is on short rest
- vs. DAL, Mar. 1st - Either or both teams could've made a move. I'm not sure it really matters, though. If Dirk is healthy, this is a loss. Neither team is on short rest.
It looks like I've got them at 6-4, which would bring their overall record to 29-31. I guess if they don't exceed my expectations, it'll take a little while longer to get to .500.
Your thoughts in the comments, as usual.