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Breaking down Sixers' 2018-19 season schedule

Breaking down Sixers' 2018-19 season schedule

By now, you’ve had some time to check out the Sixers’ 2018-19 schedule.

Any thoughts?

Which stretches of the slate scare you? What part of the campaign do you think the Sixers should be able to handle with ease?

We’ll get into all of that in a moment. But one thing is very clear about the ’18-19 schedule: it’s completely different than a season ago.

Last season, the Sixers’ grouping of opponents was very cut and dry. They faced the toughest competition of any team in the entire league at the outset. That was only compounded by the fact that 10 of their first 15 games came on the road.

Things took a sharp turn after the All-Star break when the foes on the calendar became much easier to manage. The Sixers also took advantage of 10 of their final 15 contests coming at the Wells Fargo Center.

Compared to that docket, the Sixers’ 2018-19 schedule is a bit more complex.

While there aren’t the major home and road stints like in 2017-18, there are some serious distinguishing characteristics of the upcoming season.

First, the Sixers should be able to get off to a quick start. That’s because 13 of their first 20 games are against teams that failed to make the playoffs last season.

However, the team has a pair of nightmarish gauntlets sandwiched around the All-Star break. 

Starting on Jan. 15, the Sixers have a stretch of 14 games before the break that includes eight postseason teams from last season (Minnesota, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Houston, San Antonio, Golden State, Toronto and Boston). Even the squads that didn’t qualify for the playoffs pose a threat, such as two battles with the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers and a pair against the Denver Nuggets, who missed the mark by a single game.

Things don’t immediately get much easier on the other side of the midseason showcase. The Sixers come out of All-Star weekend with five straight clashes vs, playoff teams from a season ago (Miami, Portland, New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Golden State).

The Sixers do get a bit of a breather down the stretch with seven of their final 10 games coming against non-playoff opponents. But that also entails seven out of those 10 coming on the road.

The Sixers are talented enough that they will easily be back in the playoffs and boasting another top-four seed next season. But how they handle the complicated portions during the middle of the season could be the difference in whether they end up walking away with that No. 1 spot in the East.

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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