Sixers open up National Basketball Association playoffs on Saturday at 8 pm on ESPN
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 14:41
Fifty-one wins, a chance at home-court advantage in the first round and in control of their own destiny on the final night of the season.
On the season, the 76ers are averaging 109.6 points, 47.3 rebounds and 27.0 assists per game. According to Elias Sports Bureau, no team has ever entered the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak. The Bucks haven't had a ton of success on the road this season and the 76ers have been rolling.
It will be a showdown of contrasting tempos as the up-and-down 76ers will look to push the slower-paced Bucks. Defensively, the Bucks are yielding 106.5 points per game.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia is 51-30 SU and 47-33 ATS. Fultz spent most of the season working out before games in empty arenas rebuilding his shot.
In addition to Fultz's historic night, the Sixers also cruised to a 130-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks marking the team's 16th straight win - a franchise record. The Sixers extended their winning streak with a 121-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, keeping up their unbelievable turnaround from a 10-win debacle just two years ago.
The Sixers have now won nearly as many games without Embiid (7) during their winning streak as they did with him (7.5).
Bradley Beal tallied 19 points and Markieff Morris added 13 for the Wizards, who still could finish in sixth, seventh or eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia went 17 of 37 beyond the arc.
When reaching the century mark, the 76ers are 48-18 and the Bucks are 38-20. The 76ers are average on the defensive end, ranking 13 by allowing 105.3 points a game. His status for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee is uncertain.
The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the National Basketball Association and stayed that way while sitting eight players.
Philadelphia led 80-46 at the break and extended to a 41-point lead while cruising to victory. Embiid leads the team with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helping Philly clinch its first playoff berth since 2012. The team is 8 in the league in scoring offense with 109.4 points per game. Philadelphia has served notice as a dark horse candidate for the playoffs, with its dismantling of Milwaukee the latest example of its potential. The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Never. The man answered all of the questions he faced coming home to Atlanta before last season: Can he still play?
The likes of JJ Reddick, Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli all scored at least 20 points while Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Philadelphia side are now the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers who are one game behind with just one regular season game left.