Philadelphia 76ers: A look at the post-All-Star break schedule

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The Philadelphia 76ers are coming out of the All-Star break on a winning streak. Here’s how they could fare for the rest of the season.

The NBA All-Star weekend was one of the most entertaining in a long time. Two Philadelphia 76ers in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid represented the team in the game.

Simmons had 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Embiid scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds.

The rookie game was dazzling. The 3 point shootout and dunk contest had drama. Finally, the All-Star game looked like the players broke a sweat at the end.

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With the festivities over and players left to enjoy the rest of the break now the focus turns to what the second half of the season will look like for teams.

The Sixers right now are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings and are a game and a half behind the Miami Heat for fourth place. The team has had ups and downs this season. On the road, they have been bad, but on the other hand, they have been dominant at home.

Philadelphia has a 25-2 record at home, but away they are 9-19. They have beaten contenders like the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

They added more depth to their bench in Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. That led to a three-game winning streak, including another impressive home win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the next two weeks though, the Sixers have to face the Bucks, Lakers, and Clippers all away. Those teams are the three teams favored to go to the Finals. It will be a measuring stick to see where this Sixers team really is.

To go with those three games, the Sixers have another matchup against the Bucks and a matchup against the Houston Rockets, but those games are at home where the Sixers are dominant.

The Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic are all jockeying for playoff position at the bottom of their conferences.

The rest of the teams besides the aforementioned teams are not playoff teams. There are teams that could give the Sixers problems like the Nets, Magic and Atlanta Hawks. They are just 3-4 against those three teams.

The games against all three of those teams are home on the bright side. The Sixers have improved their roster to have more scoring on the bench, so their roster is deeper than those middle of the pack and bottom feeder teams that they have had problems with before.

That is especially when the improving Furkan Korkmaz is still on the bench. With the added talent along with the players they already have, they should be able to win those games.

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The Philadelphia 76ers have a relatively easy schedule for the rest of the way. If they can maintain their dominance at home and win some tough games against the contenders they have to face, then the team should be able to get the third seed once again.