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After tomorrow night's game against the Knicks, the Sixers will only have one chance left to lose to one of the teams they're battling for lottery position. After the jump, we'll take a quick look at the matchups of the league's pitiful teams remaining on the schedule.

The important column in the standings right now is wins. Here's how the lottery shakes out currently:

10. Clippers (25)
8(t). Sixers (24)
8(t). Knicks (24)
6(t). Detroit (23)
6(t). Sacramento (23)
5. Indiana (22)
4. Washington (21)

And now the remaining games where someone has to win (plus any games left against the bottom three teams)

Clippers (25 wins now)
  • Sacramento
  • Golden State
  • Knicks
  • @ Sacramento
  • Golden State
  • Projected Wins: 30

Sixers (24 wins now)
  • @ Knicks
  • Detroit
  • Projected Wins: 27

Knicks (24 wins now)
  • Sixers
  • @ Golden State
  • @ LA Clippers
  • @ Indiana
  • Washington
  • Projected Wins: 28

Detroit (23 wins now)
  • @ Indiana
  • Indiana
  • @ New Jersey
  • @ Philadelphia
  • @ Minnesota
  • Projected Wins: 27

Sacramento (23 wins now)
  • @ LA Clippers
  • @ New Jersey
  • @ Indiana
  • @ Minnesota
  • LA Clippers
  • Projected Wins: 26

Indiana (22 wins now)
  • Detroit
  • @ Detroit
  • Washington
  • Sacramento
  • Knicks
  • New Jersey
  • @ Washinton
  • Projected Wins: 26

Washington (21 wins now)
  • @ Indiana
  • New Jersey
  • Golden State
  • @ Knicks
  • Indiana
  • Projected Wins: 24
If the Sixers simply play to their record, meaning lose to every team they play with a better record than them, beat every team with a worse record, they would finish with 26 wins. They have the hardest remaining schedule of all the teams in this group, with only 2 games remaining against cellar-dwelling teams. Every other team has between 5 and 7 games against terrible teams, with Indy leading the way with 7.

The only thing that can stop Philly from improving their lottery standing is picking up a couple of meaningless wins against better teams in the league. Looking at the remaining schedule, I'd circle Chicago and one of the Orlando games, simply because Chicago is struggling and there is the potential for personal motivation against Orlando (plus, Orlando may have their seeding wrapped up when the teams meet on the final day of the season).

by Brian on Mar 18 2010
Tags: Basketball | Lottery | Sixers |