Published by Max Laughton, 24th November 2018 on foxsports.com.au
The best team in basketball is the Philadelphia 76ers. When they’re at home, anyway.
The Sixers are 13-7 overall this season but have won 10 of their last 14 and are a perfect 10-0 at the Wells Fargo Center. Since acquiring Jimmy Butler, the Sixers are 5-1.
That perfect home record is at risk – well, kind of – today as Ben Simmons’ side hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are an NBA-worst 2-14.
Admittedly that might be overstating how bad the Cavs are a tiny bit. They have the fourth-worst differential (points per game v opponent points per game) in the league, ahead of Chicago, Phoenix and Atlanta, and they did come close to knocking off LeBron’s Lakers in a narrow loss on Thursday (AEDT).
Still, given they were led in points by something called a Cedi Osman in that game, these aren’t exactly the Cavaliers of recent years.
Later today (AEDT) it’s a battle for the lead in the Western Conference as Golden State (12-7) hosts Portland (12-6).
Both teams are coming off embarrassing losses, with the Warriors falling 123-95 to Oklahoma City two days ago while the Trail Blazers lost 143-100 to Milwaukee.
Golden State is on a four-game losing streak for the first time in the Steve Kerr era, with Steph Curry (strained groin) and Draymond Green (sprained toe) missing.
As of this morning, 10 teams were within two games of the top of the Western Conference – including the Kings. The Kings! – and the Warriors were fifth despite only being half a game back of the Blazers.