Monday, October 3 2022

While the Philadelphia 76ers were idle on Saturday night, they were able to make a move up in the standings thanks to the help of others in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have won three straight games and combined with some help, they were able to move up into the No. 1 seed ahead of the Miami Heat.

Until the conclusion of the regular season on April 10, we are going to regularly update the Eastern Conference standings and where the Sixers are at on an everyday basis while also taking a look at who they could possibly face in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday’s prominent games (March 26)

The Heat’s week of misery continued as they suffered their fourth straight loss to the Brooklyn Nets at home. Miami has dropped to 47-28 on the season and Philadelphia moved ahead of them based on winning percentage. This was coupled with the Milwaukee Bucks falling to the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies as well.

It is important to note that the Heat do own the tiebreaker over the Sixers despite the two splitting their season series. Miami has a better conference record than Philadelphia and that will determine who finishes ahead of who in the standings should it come down to it on the final day of the regular season.

Possible playoff opponents moving around

As it stands entering play on Sunday, the Sixers are the No. 1 seed, but they could easily drop to the No. 4 seed as they are only half a game ahead of the Bucks and the defending champs take a trip to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Therefore, the Sixers could still drop and take on one of the Chicago Bulls, the Toronto Raptors, or the Cleveland Cavaliers as all three teams are within two games of each other for the No. 5 seed in the East. Of course, if the Sixers stay at 1 or even drop to 2, they could face the Nets in Round 1 which would be an extremely tough matchup for them.

Sunday’s most prominent games (March 27)

The Sixers will wrap up their 3-game road trip when they take on the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. That will give them an opportunity to see how they stack up against the NBA’s elite as the Suns own an NBA-best 60-14 record.

Along with Philadelphia’s matchup with the Suns, fans should keep an eye on the Boston Celtics who are only half a game back of Philadelphia themselves with how well they have played since the calendar flipped to 2022. They host the Minnesota Timberwolves while the Nets are at home against the Charlotte Hornets. As a reminder, Kyrie Irving has been cleared to play in home games again.

Important matchups:

Timberwolves at Celtics (6 p.m. EDT)

Hornets at Nets (7:30 p.m. EDT)

March 27 East playoff standings

  1. Philadelphia 76ers 46-27 –GB

  2. Miami Heat 47-28 –GB

  3. Boston Celtics 46-28 .5 GB

  4. Milwaukee Bucks 46-28 .5 GB

  5. Chicago Bulls 43-31 3.5 GB

  6. Toronto Raptors 42-32 4.5 GB

  7. Cleveland Cavaliers 41-33 5.5 GB

  8. Brooklyn Nets 39-35 7.5 GB

  9. Charlotte Hornets 38-36 8.5 GB

  10. Atlanta Hawks 37-37 9.5 GB

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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