The 76ers tip off the season of the “double tank” (a.k.a. “Tank 2.0”) tonight in Indiana against a very different looking Pacers team. Frank Vogel’s squad is missing a key point to their scoring attack as all-star Paul George continues to recover from the leg injury he suffered while competing for Team USA. Additionally second scoring option Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the off-season. David West and George Hill are injured and out for tonight’s game. However, Roy Hibbert, Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and Rodney Stuckey will be in the Pacers lineup tonight and that likely will be enough to hold off the upset minded Sixers in the 2014-15 season opener for both teams.
The wise guys in Vegas have established the Sixers as a 7-point underdog tonight vs. a mediocre Pacers team that was picked to by SI.com to finish 9th in the East. Yesterday here at the Philadunkia offices, we analyzed the season opener and the first month of the Sixers 2014-15 schedule. Obviously it’s not going to be pretty for Brett Brown’s troops and so the following question came up …
When will the 76ers record their first win of the 2014-15 season?
Next up after Indiana, the Sixers take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Halloween. Jabari Parker should have all eyes on him as he goes up against this young 76ers team. With rising star Giannis Antetokoumpo handling the point spot and the offense running through Parker I think the Bucks have too much fire power for the Sixers. Milwaukee also boasts complimentary players like Jared Dudley and OJ Mayo. The Sixers get tricked and fall in this game. (Record: 0-2)
The Sixers home opener (11/01/14) is against the Miami Heat. Fortunately for the 7-6, Lebron is now in Cleveland. Unfortunately, Miami still has too many star quality veterans in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade for the Sixers to handle. Josh McRoberts coming into town from Charlotte was a nice addition. Miami also still has Mario Chalmers who brings excellent court vision and is a solid defender. I know the Sixers beat a much better Heat squad in the 2013-14 home opener, but they drop this contest. (Record: 0-3)
The Sixers will stay in town to play the Houston Rockets on Monday, November 3rd. Brett Brown & Co. will lose this one to a Rockets squad that pounded the Lakers — a team on par with our Sixers — last night. James Harden has proven time and time before he can carry his team to victory with little help. Also I think Dwight Howard will just be too big and physical for Nerlens Noel who will only have three NBA games under his belt at this point. (Record: 0-4)
Finishing up this three game home stand the Sixers will host the Magic on November 5th. The Magic feature former Sixers and current double-double machine ‘Big Nike” Vucevic, Victor Oladipo, Sixers’ draftee Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon. If the Magic’s rookies and youngsters play anything like they did in the Orlando Pro Summer League, they should take care of the Sixers without any problems. (Record: 0-5)
The Sixers then travel to our neighbors up north to play the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, November 9th. Toronto (48-34) was a very good team last year and got deeper this off-season with the addition of former 76er Louis Williams. The Sixers were 0-4 vs. the Raptors last season and did not come close to stopping DeMarDeRozan — 27.7 ppg vs. PHL. Villanova product Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Tyler Hansbrough also attack the rim and are very physical players. The Sixers remain winless. (Record: 0-6)
The Sixers will have 3 days off to lick their wounds before they then fly to Dallas to face the Mavericks (11/13/14) who have a great scoring tandem in Dirk and Monta Ellis as well as new additions Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Tyson Chandler in their starting lineup. Back up point guard Devin Harris is also solid “big” guard who can score the rock. They Mavs gave the San Antonio Spurs all they could handle on opening night and they just over match the Sixers in every phase of the game. (Record: 0-7)
Staying in Texas the Sixers will fly to Houston and loose again to the high octane offense of the Rockets led by James Harden and D12. (Record: 0-8)
The Sixers, finish up their Texas tour by taking on the defending NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs (11/17/14). If you think their first win of the season goes through San Antonio you are sadly mistaken. A good number of NBA “experts” are wondering where the motivation will come from for the Spurs to play hard every night and Pop will probably sit players like Tim Duncan and Manu against Philadunkia’s home team. Stiil, even an unmotivated Spurs team with a short bench will feature Tony Parker, the rising Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter. Thus, the champs will simply be too much. (Record: 0-9)
Finally Sixers fans, a legitimate chance at an actual win for the struggling team will come on November 19th. The Sixers return home and play a mediocre Boston team that will be led by Evan “The Enigma” Turner. At this point, the Sixers will be desperate for a win to boost morale. I think coming back to Philly and winning against the Celtics is a distinct possibility. Theses two “rebuilding” teams match up well and if anything I think the Sixers are a much quicker transition team. The biggest concern would be if the defense at this point of the season could make some stops and allow the team to WIN! (Record: 1-9)
There you have it…a 1-9 start to the 2014-15 season for your 76ers.
Isn’t #TogetherWeBuild fan-tastic.
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