08/15/14 8:10 am EST
Much to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2014-15 schedule was released yesterday. And while the 76ers roster is still not complete and Thad Young may or may not be here next month, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.
Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season. So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a final halt. But I doubt we will be making many changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the upcoming season of the “Double Tank”.
With those assumptions in mind we believe “In Hinkie We Believe” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal November in 2014-15 will be followed by a simply awful start to January, so the Sixers could be well on their way to an unprecedented double-tank effort well before All-Star Weekend.
After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a very long season for us here in Philadunkia nation.
Tough early stretches:
Nov 3rd – 17th: vs. HOU; vs. ORL; vs. CHI; @ TOR; @ DAL; @ HOU; @ Spurs
– Good news / bad news – The Sixers could easily open the season 1-9.
Nov. 24th – Dec 1st: vs. POR; vs. BKN; vs. DAL; vs. SAS;
– A four game homestand that includes 3 very good Western conference foes could prove to be very embarrassing for Brett Brown & Co.
The 10 game stretch that puts the Sixers in the driver’s seat for the #1 pick in the 2015 Draft:
1/03: @ LAC
1/05 vs. CLE
1/07 vs. MIL
1/09 @ BKN
1/10 vs. IND
1/13 vs. ATL
1/14 vs. TOR
1/16 vs. NOH
1/17 vs. DET
1/19 @ WAS
– In November and December he Sixers will be hard to watch, but this 10 game stretch in January could make things down right depressing, especially if you are a competitive person. Of course this stretch may tilt the ping pong ball count heavily in the Sixers favor which is great news for double-tanking proponents. The Clip-joint, the Cavs, an improved Raptors team, Jrue & Anthony Davis, and two sets of back-to-backs…Happy New Year Philadunkia nation.
The toughest road trip (7 games):
Dec 21st – Jan 3rd:
12/21 @ ORL
12/23 @ MIA
12/26 @ POR
12/27 @ UTA
12/30 @ GSW
01/02 @ PHX
01/03 @ LAC
The NBA scheduling gods have assembled a simply brutal 7 game stretch for the Sixers as the annual west coast swing is preceded by games at Orlando and at Miami. This road trip feature 2 sets of back to back contests including a Suns then Clippers set that ends the road trip.
The toughest month:
Dec 1st to Jan 5th
– This one month stretch features the above mentioned 7 game road trip as well as 4 other road games. It doesn’t get much easier for Sixers at WFC during this time either as the schedule features home games against SAS; OKC; MEM; CHA; and CLE. Brett Brown may head back to Australia after that run of L’s.
The easiest home stand (If you can say that about any home stand in 2013-14):
One of the few chances the Sixers will have at back-to-back wins this season will come in January when DET comes to town on the 28th and that is followed by a contest against the Love-less TWolves on 1/30.
Another opportunity for two wins in a row comes when the Pistons come to town on 3/18 and then the Knicks visit the WFC on 3/20.
The easiest month (If you can say that about any month of the schedule in 2014-15):
March – The Sixers only play 9 home games that month including contests against the Jazz, Kings, Pistons, Knicks and Lakers. During that section of the schedule the7-6 also have road contests @ SAC; @ LAL; and @ BOS. Much to Hinkie’s dislike, the 76ers could rack up a number of victories in March.
The toughest back-to-back set:
November 13th and 14th (at DAL, & @ HOU)…I know this back-to-back set does not involve a great deal of traveling by the team, but this set will be two very good opponents, on the road, early in the season. That’s a tall order for a team that is younger than most of the squads in the Atlantic 10.
- The Sixers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games in 2014-15. That’s the same number their schedule contained in 2013-14.
- If all the rumors hold out to be true, then Thad will make his return to the Wells Fargo Center in a Twolves uniform on Jan. 30th.
- The Sixers will play the new look Miami Heat in the home opener on Nov. 1.
- The Sixers will host Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans on Jan. 16th.
- If healthy, Lower Merion product Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers make their annual appearance in Philly on March 3oth. If Kobe can’t go, then we always have Swaggy P…
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