Much to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2013-14 schedule was released late yesterday. And while the 76ers still do not have a head coach and there are still a number of decisions to be made about the Sixers roster, 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 halt. But I doubt we will be making any changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the upcoming season of “Tankadelphia”.
With those assumptions in mind we believe “Winless for Wiggins” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal tip-off month to the 2013-14 season will be followed by a simply awful January and the Sixers could be well on their way to a great tank effort long 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:
Oct. 30th – Nov 13th: vs. MIA; at WAS; vs. CHI; vs. GSW; vs. WAS; vs. CLE; @ CLE; vs. SAS; vs. HOU
— Good news / bad news – The Sixers could easily open the season 0-8.
Dec 9th – 20th: vs. LAC; @ MIN; @ TOR; vs. POR @ BKN; vs. BKN;
— Three games on the road and home contests vs. the talented Clips and Nets will probably spell a six game losing streak for Thad & Co.
The 10 game stretch that puts the Sixers in the driver’s seat for the #1 pick in the 2014 Draft:
1/04: @ POR
1/06 vs. MIN
1/07 @ CLE
1/10 vs. DET
1/11 vs. NYK
1/15 @ CHA
1/17 vs. MIA
1/18 @ CHI
1/20 @ WAS
1/22 @ NYK
— 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 tanking proponents. Six road games. 3 sets of back-to-backs, including two home then road sets and one of those is vs. MIA and @ CHI. Hold on to your seats Philadunkia nation, it’s going to be a brutal run to Mr. Wiggins
The toughest road trip:
@ CHI (3/19); @ SAS (3/24); @ HOU (3/27)
The toughest month:
— While every month of the 2013-14 season will be tough for the Sixers, the stretch from December 16th to January 18th will be a train wreck. 15 games in 34 days including 9 road games (West Coast swing) and 4 back-to-back sets. This stretch contains 2 games against the much improved Nets, a game in POR, another one in CLE and ohh by the way, closes with Miami in Philly and @ CHI.
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 November when TOR comes to town on 11/20 and that is followed by a contest against MIL on 11/22.
If Kobe is still limping around come early February, than Feb. 5th vs. BOS and Feb. 7th vs. LAL could also produce a nice two game home winning streak for the Sixers.
You’ll notice both are ONLY two game home stands. That should tell you how much faith in and desire for the Sixers ability to put together a long win streak in 2013-14.
The easiest month (If you can say that about any month of the schedule in 2013-14):
April – The Sixers only play 8 games in the last weeks of the season. During that time they BOS twice, @ TOR; @ CHA as well as @ MEM and @ MIA (last game of season) both teams will surely be resting their key players for the post season.
The toughest back-to-back set:
January 17th and 18th …On the 17th the Sixers are at home for a 7pm tip against the defending NBA Champs, the Miami Heat. After the game they’ll then travel to Chicago to play the Bulls. Any bets on what the combined point differential for the Heat and Bulls over the Sixers will be in those two games?
- The Sixers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games in 2013-14.
- Via Ed Kupfer we learn that the Sixers have the fewest travel miles of any NBA team in 2013-14 — roughly 35-37K miles. So maybe Royce White won’t spend the entire season with the 87’s.
- The Sixers will play Jrue Holiday for the first time on November 16th at New Orleans. Holiday comes to the WFC on November 29th.
- Andrew Bynum and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to the Wells Fargo Center on November 8th and February 18th.
- Louis Williams returns to the Wells Fargo Center on January 31st.
- If healthy, Lower Merion product Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers make their annual appearance on Friday, February 7th. If Kobe can’t go, then we always have Swaggy P…