I figured I'd use an image that hearkened back to a brighter time in our franchise's recent history to soften the blow of my predictions for the ten upcoming games.
Does Iverson throw a monkey wrench in my predictions? Possibly. Will he make them better? Probably not. Can the Sixers possibly play worse? Absolutely. Am I done asking questions then answering them? For now.
They finished 1-9 in the last ten (I predicted 3-7, most of you guys predicted between 4-6 and 2-8, two hit the nail on the head). Here are the advanced stats thus far for the season. Afterward we'll take a look at the schedule, I'll make my prediction and then please vote in the poll.
Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, the Sixers defensive efficiency rating over the past ten games was 114.78. More on this in the A.M.
Here's the upcoming 10 games on the schedule:
- Monday, 12/7 - vs. Denver
- Wednesday, 12/9 - vs. Detroit
- Friday, 12/11 - vs. Houston
- Monday, 12/14 - vs. Golden State
- Wednesday, 12/16 - vs. Cleveland
- Friday, 12/18 - @ Boston
- Saturday, 12/19 - vs. LA Clippers (FIELD TRIP!)
- Tuesday, 12/22 - @ Washington
- Saturday, 12/26 - @ Utah
- Monday, 12/28 - @ Portland
Put simply: L,W,L,L,L,L,W,L,L,L. 2-8. I have them beating Detroit (Iverson goes off against the team that first wronged him) and the Clippers, mainly because I fail to concede defeat in a game that 20 of us will be attending. Disappointing losses to Golden State and Washington, expected losses to all the other teams.
This stretch includes a five-game home stand, only one back-to-back, and the beginning of the Ice Capades road trip. For the second half of the back-to-back, the Clippers will also be playing the back end of a b-to-b, and their third game in four nights. This stretch also includes a three-day break over Christmas. All told, the teams they play are of a high caliber, but they have ample rest between games.
That's my take, now it's your turn. Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments.