Originally Posted by Posterize246
Currently: 7th in the East. 3 games back of the 4th spot (Hawks), 2 games back of the 5th and 6th spots (Miami and Detroit). They are 2 1/2 games ahead of the 8th spot (Milwaukee).
Season Series vs. those teams:
1-1 vs. Atlanta
1-0 vs. Detroit
0-1 vs. Miami
2-0 vs. Milwaukee
Things to consider: Philly is 14-8 since DiLeo took over (5-1 with the DiLeo/Brand combo). They are 10-2 in their last 12 games. Their next 6 games are at home.
Improved play: Andre Iguodala is averaging 22.4 ppg/5.8 apg/5.7 rpg/2.0 spg while shooting 54% from 2 and 45% from 3 in January. His #s in the first month were 13.3 ppg/6.5 rpg/5.1 apg/1.6 spg shooting 41% from 2 and 29% from 3.
Injuries: Samuel Dalembert rolled his ankle in tonight's game vs. Washington and didn't return. Most likely a sprain. Sixers should offer him a pay raise just to stay injured.
Brand has played 4 games since coming back, all of the bench. Averages of 20 mpg/7 ppg/4 rpg/3.3 bpg and shooting 59%. Has done well in just trying to "fit in".
My input: I'm fairly certain that we'll pass either Miami or Detroit. Playing Orlando in the first round would be hard to watch though. Sixers need to at least get to the 5th spot.
I would say they finish 6th with a shot at 5th.