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Sixers have slim chance of finishing last
Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014, 3:01 AM
BOSTON - The 76ers endured a 26-game losing streak and tied the longest skid in major professional sports history. They have lost 28 of their last 29 games.
However, the tanking Sixers (16-59) remain a long shot to finish with the NBAs worst record. The Milwaukee Bucks have all but locked up the best chance for the top pick in the draft lottery.
Milwaukee (14-61) has a two-loss cushion over the Sixers with seven games remaining. And the Bucks will be hard-pressed to win two of those games.
Four of their opponents - the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors (twice), the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards - were slotted as playoff teams heading Thursdays action. The other two teams - the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks - were still in postseason contention. More coverageWATCH: Sixers-Bobcats highlightsSixers Insiders: 76ers feel relief after losing streakVOTE: Which freshman should the 76ers target?POLL: Who will have the best NBA career?Latest Sixers videos Forum: When will the 76ers be a threat again?
The Sixers seven-game home stretch includes two seemingly winnable games against the struggling Boston Celtics. They face the Celtics (23-52) on Friday at TD Garden. The Sixers will host Boston on April 14 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Their other opponents - Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis, Charlotte and Miami - were pegged as playoff teams as of Wednesday night.
If things hold up, the Bucks will have a 25 percent chance of getting the top pick in the NBA draft lottery. The Sixers will have a 19.9 percent chance.
But the players on the Sixers roster say they arent focused on the lottery.
We want to win, Tony Wroten said of the last seven games. Obviously, we are not making the playoffs. So we are going to take these like they are our playoff games, like a seven-game series.
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