Joel Embiid is determined to do more than just make the NBA playoffs. The center wants the Sixers to be a top-4 seed in the Eastern Conference. “I think right now, we are two or three games out of the fourth seed,” Embiid said. “Now, we want home-court advantage.” The top four seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences receive home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. As Embiid states, the seventh-seeded Sixers (30-25) are just two games behind the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards with 27 games remaining. On paper, the Sixers have a chance to pass Washington (33-24). They have arguably the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA. The Sixers will face only seven teams with winning records — the Wizards, Miami Heat (30-28), Cleveland Cavaliers (34-22), Milwaukee Bucks (32-25), Indiana Pacers (33-25), Minnesota Timberwolves (36-25), and Denver Nuggets (32-26) — the rest of the way. They’ll face Miami, Cleveland and Milwaukee twice. So that means only 10 games of the remaining 27 will be against teams currently with winning records. Twenty-three of the 27 also come against squads from the East, the weaker of the two conferences.
Sixers' Joel Embiid: 'We want home-court advantage' in first round
Philly.com | Feb 20