This Sunday night, the Sixers will be traveling to San Antonio. Philadelphia will look to keep a good thing rolling, as winners of their last three contests, with their record at 42-21. The Spurs are sitting at 31-31, and are fighting to make the play-in tournament in the western conference.
In their last matchup earlier in March, the Sixers had a resounding 134-99 win. Tobias Harris led the way for Philadelphia with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and a pair of steals in only 29 minutes of work. The Sixers as a team shot 57% from the floor and 52% from three, even in a game without Joel Embiid. Derrick White and Drew Eubanks both scored 17 points for the Spurs in the losing effort.
Philadelphia doesn't appear to be missing anyone for tonight's game, which is certainly caused for a great deal of optimism. With the regular season dwindling away, the Sixers know they need to stay healthy when the games start to really matter come to the playoffs. As for the Spurs, guard Derrick White is more than likely out for the remainder of the season nursing an ankle injury. Forward Trey Lyles (ankle) has also been ruled out of tonight's contest, and young guard Dejounte Murray is currently listed as questionable due to left knee soreness.
With a win tonight, the Sixers would have the same record as the Brooklyn Nets but would move back into first place in the eastern conference standings due to owning the tiebreaker. Both Philadelphia and Brooklyn have already clinched a playoff berth, and seeing which one of them will take the top seed will be huge. The #1 seed will get home-court advantage throughout the eastern side of the bracket, which cannot be understated for the Sixers, given their dominance in Wells Fargo Center in recent years. The top seed will also get to avoid Milwaukee in the second round, who is definitely the best team in the east outside of the top two. Their second-round matchup (assuming they beat the #8 seed in the first round) will be the "best of the rest," the most likely possibilities being New York, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, or Charlotte.
You can catch the game tonight at 8:00 pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia.