03/23/11 2:36 pm EST
This Wednesday edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the reeling Atlanta Hawks, who simply got a beat down from the Chicago Bulls last night.
In our opinion the Sixers should absolutely win this game tonight and thus pull to within 2.5 games of the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. We say this with confidence for three reasons.
The first reason is that despite their 1-2 record vs. Atlanta in 2010-11, the Sixers have played very well, in fact very well at times, vs. the Hawks this year. The Hawks won 104-101 in a nip and tuck affair at Philadelphia back on Oct. 29thwhen the Sixers were still finding their way under Doug Collins. Of course who can forget the major meltdown in the final seconds that led to the 93-88 debacle in Atlanta on December 3rd (The 76ers led from the first basket of the game until the final 31 seconds). To be honest, the Hawks were extremely lucky to pull that one out at home. Then on February 8th, the Sixers administered a 117-83 ass-whoopin’ to the Hawks in Atlanta. In typical Sixers fashion, they put six players in double figures that night on their way to completely dominating the game. So despite what the lineups say on paper and less then .500 the series record this year, there is no doubt this 7-6 squad gives this Hawks team fits.