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Sixers 2018-19 TV schedule: Here are the games you can't miss

Sixers 2018-19 TV schedule: Here are the games you can't miss

Make sure your TV remote has some fresh batteries. Double-check your Wi-Fi connection to see if the signal is strong.

The Sixers are going to be back on your television and streaming devices come this fall, with plenty of the action being brought to you by NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The team announced its full broadcast schedule for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday afternoon with 70 games to be featured on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+. Of those matchups, 62 will be aired on NBC Sports Philadelphia with the other eight taking place on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.

There will be plenty to keep an eye on when it comes to Brett Brown’s squad. Let’s take a look at the Sixers’ top matchup from each month on NBCSP and NBCSP+. Below, you can find the full local broadcast schedule. 

Oct. 30 — Sixers at Raptors, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP+/NBATV

After spending a good chunk of the summer trying to work out trade parameters for Kawhi Leonard, the Sixers get their first look at the former Spurs star in a Raptors uniform. Throw in the fact that this is the opening meeting of a four-game season series with an Atlantic Division foe, and you can expect this game to be testy from the opening tip. You remember how heated things got between Simmons and Kyle Lowry last season, right?

Nov. 16 — Sixers vs. Jazz, 7 p.m., NBCSP

With less than a week to go before Thanksgiving, Donovan Mitchell will be anything but thankful when he gets an expected not-so-warm welcome at the Wells Fargo Center. A heated Rookie of the Year race between Mitchell and Simmons saw verbal jabs thrown on both sides before the Sixers’ starting point guard comfortably won the award.

Dec. 30 — Sixers at Trail Blazers, 9 p.m., NBCSP

Not what you would expect to be a traditionally heated clash, but expect the Sixers’ final game of 2018 to go out with a bang. The Sixers split the two-game series with the Blazers last season. However, it was the game in Portland on their annual holiday road trip that caused a bit of a stir when center Jusuf Nurkic took shots at Embiid after the Blazers’ 114-110 win. You can bet “The Process” hasn’t forgotten those words.

Jan. 31 — Sixers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m., NBCSP/TNT

The Sixers return to the lion’s den known as Oracle Arena, home to the back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors. The Sixers had their best start to any game last season out by the bay when they ambushed the Dubs with a 47-point first quarter. They led by 22 points at halftime before getting outscored 47-15 during the third quarter in an eventual tough loss.

Feb. 21 — Sixers vs. Heat, 7 p.m., NBCSP+

In the first game back after the All-Star break, the Sixers should be well rested and ready for a fist fight. Each clash between these two teams during last season’s first-round playoff series came down to pure physicality. This meeting shouldn’t be any different.

March 20 — Sixers vs. Celtics, 7 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN

Speaking of postseason opponents, the Sixers will get the fourth and final crack at the hated Celtics on this night. Playoff positioning could be on the line, so expect both teams to be on top of their games and emotions to be running high. The Sixers will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back set, but seeing the colors of their top rival should help them push through the fatigue.

April 4 — Sixers vs. Bucks, 8 p.m., NBCSP/TNT

The Sixers and Bucks have forged a rivalry of their own over the past couple of seasons. It began with Milwaukee’s owner taking shots at the Sixers, which of course prompted a response from trash talker extraordinaire Embiid. Adding to the intensity is the fact that both fan bases have joined in on the fun and the games have been extremely competitive. Don’t expect that to stop anytime soon. 

Here’s a look at the full NBCSP and NBCSP+ broadcast schedule:

September / October

  • Sept. 28 — Sixers vs. Melbourne United, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP+ (preseason)
  • Oct. 1 — Sixers vs. Magic, 7 p.m., NBCSP (preseason)
  • Oct. 20 — Sixers vs. Magic, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Oct. 23 — Sixers at Pistons, 7 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • Oct. 24 — Sixers at Bucks, 9:30 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Oct. 27 — Sixers vs. Hornets, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Oct. 29 — Sixers vs. Hawks, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Oct. 30 — Sixers at Raptors, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP+/NBATV

November 

  • Nov. 1 — Sixers vs. Clippers, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 3 — Sixers vs. Pistons, 1 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 4 — Sixers at Nets, 6 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 7 — Sixers at Pacers, 8 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Nov. 9 — Sixers vs. Hornets, 7 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • Nov. 10 — Sixers at Grizzlies, 8 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 12 — Sixers at Heat, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 14 — Sixers at Magic, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 16 — Sixers vs. Jazz, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 17 — Sixers at Hornets, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 19 — Sixers vs. Suns, 7 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • Nov. 21 — Sixers vs. Pelicans, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 23 — Sixers vs. Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Nov. 25 — Sixers at Nets, 6 p.m., NBCSP+
  • Nov. 28 — Sixers vs. Knicks, 7 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • Nov. 30 — Sixers vs. Wizards, 7 p.m., NBCSP

December

  • Dec. 2 — Sixers vs. Grizzlies, 6 p.m., NBCSP
  • Dec. 5 — Sixers at Raptors, 8 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Dec. 7 — Sixers at Pistons, 7 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Dec. 10 — Sixers vs. Pistons, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Dec. 12 — Sixers vs. Nets, 7 p.m., NBCSP+
  • Dec. 14 — Sixers vs. Pacers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Dec. 16 — Sixers at Cavaliers, 3:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Dec. 17 — Sixers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Dec. 19 — Sixers vs. Knicks, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Dec. 22 — Sixers vs. Raptors, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • Dec. 27 — Sixers at Jazz, 10:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Dec. 30 — Sixers at Trail Blazers, 9 p.m., NBCSP

January

  • Jan. 1 — Sixers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m., NBCSP+
  • Jan. 2 — Sixers at Suns, 9 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 5 — Sixers vs. Mavericks, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 8 — Sixers vs. Wizards, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 9 — Sixers at Wizards, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 11 — Sixers vs. Hawks, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 13 — Sixers at Knicks, 1 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 15 — Sixers vs. Timberwolves, 7 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • Jan. 17 — Sixers at Pacers, 7 p.m., NBCSP/TNT
  • Jan. 23 — Sixers vs. Spurs, 8 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Jan. 26 — Sixers at Nuggets, 9 p.m., NBCSP
  • Jan. 31 — Sixers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m., NBCSP/TNT

February

  • Feb. 2 — Sixers at Kings, 10 p.m., NBCSP+
  • Feb. 5 — Sixers vs. Raptors, 8 p.m., NBCSP
  • Feb. 8 — Sixers vs. Nuggets, 7 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • Feb. 13 — Sixers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • Feb. 21 — Sixers vs. Heat, 7 p.m., NBCSP+
  • Feb. 23 — Sixers vs. Trail Blazers, 1 p.m., NBCSP
  • Feb. 25 — Sixers at Pelicans, 8 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV

March

  • March 5 — Sixers vs. Magic, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • March 6 — Sixers at Bulls, 8 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • March 8 — Sixers at Rockets, 8 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • March 12 — Sixers vs. Cavaliers, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • March 15 — Sixers vs. Kings, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • March 19 — Sixers at Hornets, 7 p.m., NBCSP+
  • March 20 — Sixers vs. Celtics, 7 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN
  • March 23 — Sixers at Hawks, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • March 25 — Sixers at Magic, 7 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV
  • March 28 — Sixers vs. Nets, 7 p.m., NBCSP
  • March 30 — Sixers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m., NBCSP/NBATV

April

  • April 1 — Sixers at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • April 3 — Sixers at Hawks, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • April 4 — Sixers vs. Bucks, 8 p.m., NBCSP/TNT
  • April 6 — Sixers at Bulls, 8 p.m., NBCSP+/NBATV
  • April 9 — Sixers at Heat, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP
  • April 10 — Sixers vs. Bulls, 8 p.m., NBCSP

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Sixers vs. Bulls: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Bulls: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

The Sixers (26-16) look to continue their home dominance when they take on the Bulls (15-27) Friday night.

The Sixers are still without Joel Embiid, who continues to progress after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger. 

The Bulls are banged up, with Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture), Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) and Daniel Gafford (dislocated right thumb) all out. Chandler Hutchinson (right shoulder soreness) is questionable while Ryan Arcidiacono, Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky and Luke Kornet are listed as probable. 

Here are the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center 
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch: 

The half-court offense

There’s been plenty made about Ben Simmons’ unwillingness to shoot and how that’s affected the Sixers’ half-court offense (see film review)

Brett Brown has done well to put Simmons in positions to maximize his strengths, using him as a screener and roller with Josh Richardson. Simmons himself has done better in the last few games eating up the space opponents are giving and making plays at the rim. With the Bulls missing their top two shot blockers, this could be a big night for Simmons.

The pick-and-roll in general has become a bigger part of the Sixers’ offense recently. That’s largely due to Brown using the skills of Richardson and Tobias Harris in that action. We saw Harris seal the win over the Nets with an 11-point fourth quarter. A couple nights earlier in Indiana, we saw Richardson almost will the Sixers to a road win with 17 points in the fourth.

There’s still plenty to sort out and Embiid’s inevitable return will also complicate things, but the offense is showing encouraging signs.

Need more from the bench

While Matisse Thybulle has shown big-time flashes and Furkan Korkmaz’s shooting has made a huge difference in a couple wins, the Sixers are lacking consistency from their reserves.

Brown didn’t shy away from that fact after practice Thursday.

We're trying to establish a little bit more consistency from that area. And at times that you can't, you better have answers. And although we have the answers, not really anybody has just stamped their foot and said, 'This is mine.' And you hope over time, that happens. In the event that it doesn't, we're going to play this thing out and try to be wiser and smarter in the final third of the year as the run to the playoffs gets closer.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for veterans James Ennis and Mike Scott, who have had their struggles as of late.

Brown does seem keen on Thybulle being a rotational mainstay. The rookie got the start in the win over the Nets and did well, recording four blocks and two steals, but also played strong 1-on-1 defense. As he proved in the win over Brooklyn, he’s not just a “one-trick pony,” with the ability to guard different types of perimeter players.

Slowing down LaVine

The Bulls are off to a disappointing start this season. They’ve won two of their last three, but that’s coming off the heels of a six-game losing streak. Still, Chicago finds itself with a fighting chance for the East’s eighth seed halfway through the season. The play of Zach LaVine is a huge reason why.

LaVine is putting up All-Star caliber numbers, averaging 24.6 points a game. He’s shooting 40 percent on over eight attempts from a three a game — both would be career-high marks. He was also a nightmare for the Sixers last season. He averaged 34.5 points in the two games he played against them.

Thybulle has experience against LaVine. Both played high school basketball in Washington state. At that time, LaVine was a senior and one of the top high school players in the state. Thybulle was just a freshman.

His efforts that day could be the reason Thybulle ended up at the University of Washington.

“I ended up going to University of Washington like everyone knows, but that was the first time Coach Romar, who was the coach at the time, ever saw me,” Thybulle said. “I must have done something good because he kept his eye on me.”

LaVine, a serious All-Star candidate, and Thybulle, an impressive rookie, could square off again Friday.

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Sixers players show support for new WNBA CBA

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Sixers players show support for new WNBA CBA

The WNBA and players union made huge strides on Tuesday when they came to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement that increases pay, improves travel accommodations, and provides better support for motherhood, amongst additional improvements.

It also brought awareness to those, including myself, that didn’t fully realize the extent for the limited support WNBA players receive.

For many, what might’ve seemed standard, are huge wins for the WNBA.

A brief overview:

• Seats now upgraded to economy plus or comfort plus (players will still travel commercial).

• Individual hotel rooms on the road (prior, this was reserved only for veterans).

• Full salary while on maternity leave (in the old CBA, a player could earn as little as half of her base salary if she missed the season due to pregnancy or childbirth).

• Significant salary bump for league’s highest-paid players (from an annual base salary of $117,500 to $215,000).

• Minimum salary for players with two years (or less) experience increased to $57,000 (from $41,965), and for three years (or more) to $68,000 (from $56,375).

• Potential to earn 50-50 revenue split with the league (currently estimated around 20 percent. In the NBA, it is near 50-50).

Sixers guard Josh Richardson voiced his support to NBC Sports Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Richardson said of the new CBA. “The last CBA was not super player friendly and I’m glad to see they get a bigger percentage and hopefully it can just keep increasing.”

“As a basketball player, I have sisters who play and who have put just as many hours as myself to play the game,” Tobias Harris said. “I think it’s good that now they can have an upgrade in pay to entice them for what they do, and I think it’s great they came to an agreement on that, and it’s well overdue.”

“I think it’s a huge step and I hope it continues because there are some other things that we want them to continue to get and showcase,” Al Horford said. “I was very happy when I saw the news that they would be getting some of those just basic things that they absolutely deserve.”

One of the biggest issues surrounding the WNBA is the fact that so many women have to go play overseas in their “offseason,” to be able to make a decent living.

This means that many professional women’s basketball players are playing year-round, something that Horford said he realized after training with Diana Taurasi early in his NBA career.

“No. 1, I think about the travel, and No. 2, having to play a sport year-round, and the fact that now the salaries have increased, I think that will help, maybe them not wanting to go overseas and playing so much.”

Under the new CBA, the average salaries are expected to increase to $130,000.

“It’s a grind,” Horford said. “I couldn’t imagine playing a full NBA season, and then having to go play overseas in the summer. I think it’s a huge step and we hope that things continue to fall in line because of that.”

Mention that full maternity leave was not part of the old CBA and players' eyes widen.

“That was ridiculous,” Harris said.

“It’s messed up,” Richardson said. “I just don’t think it’s how it should be working …”

“That was crazy,” Shake Milton said. “I don’t understand, they have to put everything on hold and have a child and don’t get paid? That’s wild to me.”

“I didn’t know all of that, but now I do know,” said Raul Neto. “It’s crazy.”

There’s one area where we can all agree.

“Changes that were long overdue,” Milton said.

“That deal should have been in place a long time ago,” Harris said.

“I just think a lot of people need to wake up and see that if you genuinely like basketball, you would have to like the WNBA. I think with this deal, more and more people should have appreciation for what they’re doing.”

And the future looks a little brighter for young girls wanting to be professional basketball players.

“I think it’s a big step for young girls that want to be basketball players, because if you want to be a basketball player and you see all the struggles, it’s something that kind of makes you step out of sports,” Neto said.

“It will be so good for the game of basketball in general, and for younger girls growing up, that can look at it as an outlet,” Milton said. “Before, a lot of people might not have stuck to it or chose that path just because of that. They deserve it, so it’s huge.”

“Those girls can play, they can really play,” Horford said. “Honestly, I’m just very happy that they are going to get more fair opportunities.”

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