By Dylan MacKinnon
The Sixers begin the final week of the regular season by traveling to Indiana to play the Pacers tonight at 7 pm. It is the first of four games they have remaining, two of which are vs the Pacers.
This is the second time they have played the Pacers. The first game was a 118-113 loss back in November, where they did not have Joel Embiid or Matisse Thybulle. That game fell in the middle of a Covid Outbreak for the Sixers. Tobias Harris led them with 32pts, while Maxey scored 24.
The Sixers find themselves in the midst of a tight battle for seeding at the top of the Eastern Conference. A half a game separates them, the Bucks, and the Celtics. The Sixers still have the play the Pacers twice, the Raptors, and the Pistons. Meanwhile, The Celtics play the Bulls, the Bucks, and the Grizzlies, while the Bucks play the Bulls, Celtics, Pistons, and Cavs. They are also 2.5 games back from the Heat, but with only 4 games left, and only 3 left for the Heat, closing that gap over these final 6 days would be difficult. Even if the Sixers win out, they would need the Heat to go 1-2 just to tie, and the Tie Breaker would go to the Heat because they have a better conference record. To take the 1 seed the Sixers would have to win out, with the Heat losing out.
The Pacers enter this game in the middle of a 7 game losing streak. Additionally, they are 5-14 since the All-Star Break. Myles Turner (Foot), Chris Duarte (Toe), Ricky Rubio (ACL), and T.J. Warren (Foot) have all been shut down for the year. T.J McConnell (Wrist) has been out since December after undergoing surgery, but his status for this game was surprisingly upgraded to questionable, so he may play vs his former team. Malcolm Brogdon (Back) is also questionable but has missed the Pacers’ last 8 games.
Our coverage of the game behind at 6 pm with a Sixers Pre-Game edition of Beers with Bob, hosted by Bob Cooney. Then at 6:50, it’s the Pre-Game Show with Devon Givens. And at 7 it is Tom McGinnis on the call. Join us as the Sixers play the Pacers, with a great chance to improve their seeding before the playoffs.