Sixers Aim for Top Seed After Clinching Spot in 2023 NBA Playoffs: A Look at Philadelphia’s Remaining Games

Sixers Aim for Top Seed After Clinching Spot in 2023 NBA Playoffs: A Look at Philadelphia’s Remaining Games

Joel Reyes
  • The Sixers clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday
  • They are third in the East with just 11 games remaining on their schedule
  • They still have games versus the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers are going to the 2023 NBA Playoffs.

They clinched a spot in this year’s postseason following the Brooklyn Nets’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Can they make a late-season push and leapfrog the Celtics and Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings?

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James Harden and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers look on during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 23. Image: Tim Nwachukwu.
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Sports Brief takes a look at the Sixers’ remaining schedule.

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Chicago Bulls (March 22, away)

The Sixers start their four-game road trip with a showdown against Chicago.

The two teams squared off just last Monday, with the Bulls pulling off a thrilling 109-105 double-overtime win. That snapped the eight-game winning streak of Philadelphia, per NBC Sports.

Golden State Warriors (March 24, away)

The Sixers have faced the Warriors once this season, with Philadelphia pulling off a 118-106 victory on December 16, 2022. They will be tested, though, by a Golden State side that is 29-7 at home this season.

Phoenix Suns (March 25, away)

The 76ers defeated the Suns in their lone meeting this season, recording a 100-88 win on November 7, 2022. Joel Embiid scored 33 points and grabbed ten rebounds in that game.

Denver Nuggets (March 27, away)

The Sixers and the Nuggets have squared off once this season, with Philadelphia recording a 126-119 win over the Western Conference leaders on January 28. Embiid starred in that contest, finishing with 47 points and 18 rebounds.

Dallas Mavericks (March 29, home)

Philadelphia lost to Dallas in their first meeting this season on March 2. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving recorded 40-point games to lead the Mavs to a 133-126 win.

Toronto Raptors (March 31, home)

The Sixers have faced the Raptors thrice this season, with Philadelphia holding a 2-1 lead in their series. All three of those meetings came last year.

The Raptors won 119-109 in their first encounter on October 26, 2022. Philadelphia avenged that defeat two days later with a 112-90 win. The Sixers then pulled off a 104-101 overtime win over the Raptors on December 19, 2022.

Milwaukee Bucks (April 2, away)

The Sixers will face their toughest test on April 2 when they travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks. This is a critical matchup for both teams, as Philadelphia holds a 2-1 lead in the season series.

A Sixers win here gives them the tiebreaker in case they end the season with similar records.

Boston Celtics (April 4, home)

Another critical matchup awaits the Sixers as they host the Celtics two days after that Bucks game. They have struggled against Boston this season, losing each of their three meetings.

Miami Heat (April 6, home)

The Sixers have faced the Heat twice this season, with the teams splitting those two meetings.

Miami defeated Philadelphia 101-99 in their first meeting on February 27. The Sixers avenged that loss two days later, recording a 119-96 win over the Heat.

Atlanta Hawks (April 7, away)

The Sixers lead their season series against the Hawks, 2-1. All three of their meetings came in November last year. The Sixers have won their previous two games against the Hawks.

Brooklyn Nets (April 9, away)

The Sixers have dominated the Nets this season, winning all three of their meetings thus far. Their last game happened on February 11, with Philadelphia earning a 101-98 win.

Embiid makes history

Sports Brief recently reported on the record-breaking Sixers’ win over the Pacers.

Embiid made history in the contest, recording his ninth consecutive 30-point game.

He has now eclipsing the scoring marks set by Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson.