This Monday night, the Sixers will be hosting a Thunder team right in the middle of a Process-esque tank job. Philadelphia will look to snap out of a 4-game losing streak, as their record has tumbled a bit to 39-21, good for second place in the eastern conference. The Thunder themselves have yet to win a game in the calendar month, their streak currently sitting at 13 consecutive losses, and their record sits at 20-40.
In their last matchup earlier in April, the Sixers had a resounding 117-93 win. Joel Embiid had 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Furkan Korkmaz chipped in 20 points of his own, including 4 made threes. Darius Bazley led the Thunder with 17 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.
Philadelphia has already announced that star point guard Ben Simmons would not be available due to a non-COVID illness. This will mark the fifth consecutive game Simmons has missed. Three more Sixers players are listed as questionable: Joel Embiid (shoulder), Tobias Harris (knee), and Furkan Korkmaz (ankle).
As for Oklahoma City, they will continue to "tank with style," sitting Al Horford for the rest of the year in favor of younger players. Their young franchise guard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, will remain out as he recovers from a foot injury. Luguentz Dort (hip), Josh Hall (knee), and Mike Muscala (ankle) will also be left out for tonight's game.
Over their final 12 games, the Sixers have a very easy schedule. Along with tonight's game, the combined record over the last stretch of their opponents is 299-425, a winning percentage of .413. This stretch only sees them face 4 teams with a record of .500 or better, which include the Hawks twice, the Spurs, and the Heat. If they want to cement themselves as the first seed in the east, it is very well within reach, especially when you factor in the Nets have a handful of difficult games coming up against the Suns, Bucks, and Nuggets. But there will be a tightrope to walk between aiming for the one seed and having everyone healthy and available come playoff time.
You can catch the game tonight at 7:00 pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia.