The Philadelphia 76ers don’t entirely look the part of a playoff contender. However, thanks to a wide open division and conference, a young and talented Philadelphia squad is very seriously thinking about post-season play. In fact, with every single team in the Atlantic division already having 12 losses and none having even 10 wins, the 76ers are neck and neck in the running for a playoff spot.
More importantly? Only two Eastern Conference teams (no, you read it right) have a record that is above .500. That means that if the 76ers can just keep doing what they’ve been doing, they have a legit chance at making the playoffs – if not even getting a solid seed.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams has been a major reason why Philly isn’t a cellar dwellar, and likely why they won’t be. But even beyond the Sixers aiming for the playoffs, their current roster has done a great job and making games exciting with high-scoring shootouts.
Their fun style of play hasn’t been going unnoticed. Sixers fans are getting a solid deal right now, as Sixers tickets at home are still just $106 on average – even though they’re up 22% from opening night.
With December here and the Sixers looking ahead, let’s take a look at their final four home games leading into January:
12/7 vs. Denver Nuggets | Avg: $61 | Get-in: $10
This could be a great game for Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes, as the Nuggets are awful at defending the basket and are particularly bad against NBA bigs. This also happens to be a fantastic value buy (42% under the home average) and is a game the 76ers absolutely can win.
12/9 vs. L.A. Clippers | Avg: $83 | Get-in: $14
Lob City comes to Philadelphia on the ninth, as the 76ers try to keep pace with the Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers’ high-flying offense. This won’t be an easy one to get a win in, but Los Angeles’ defense has been pretty bad and Philly has proven it can put points on the board. It should be an offensive explosion all the way around, while the value is absolutely there with this one being 22% cheaper than the 76ers’ home average.
12/14 vs. Portland Trail Blazers | Avg: $78 | Get-in: $11
The Trail Blazers are off to a great start and are being regarded as one of the better teams in the league right now. Philly has the home court advantage here in mid-December, but 76ers fans will know they won’t be the favorites. Still, it’s a terrific measuring stick with the likes of Damian Lillard and Lamarcus Aldridge coming to town, while it’s actually at a solid value – 26% below Philly’s home game average.
12/20 vs. Brooklyn Nets | Avg: $111 | Get-in: $21
The slightly pricey ticket number for a struggling Nets game is a slight surprise (5% above Philly’s usual home game), but it’s a game the 76ers should have a decent chance of winning. Most importantly, it’s a huge division game that could say a lot about where these two teams stand in the division as they prepare for the new year.