The Hornets are back at it tonight with a game against the 76ers in Philadelphia. The Hornets are coming off a win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and have won five of their last seven games. For the Sixers, well...they're coming off an endless string of losses. They've only won one game since the All-Star Break, and it was against the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
Normally, I'd tell you that while the 76ers are beatable, the Hornets shouldn't take them lightly. I'm not going to do that today. Yes, the 76ers could win, but quite frankly that isn't going to happen.
The Hornets have eyes on the playoffs, beyond just making them. Homecourt advantage is still in play. They're going to come out on a mission tonight, as well as against the 76ers again on Friday. Two easy wins.
How? Well, the Hornets are simply better than the 76ers if both teams are at full strength. Unfortunately for the 76ers, they're not. Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Jerami Grant, and Richaun Holmes are listed as questionable for tonight's game, and Joel Embiid obviously won't be playing tonight either. That's four of their best players. The 76ers are shallow, and they weren't very good to begin with.
A win tonight would put the Hornets in the fifth seed (tied with the Boston Celtics), and just half a game behind the Miami Heat. After tonight, only eight games remain on the Hornets' regular season schedule. The NBA Playoffs begin Apr. 16.