The blowout-prone '13-'14 Sixers: In good historical company

The blowout-prone '13-'14 Sixers: In good historical company

If points lost by were musical notes, the Philadelphia 76ers would have composed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band over their last two outings. One night and a couple hundred miles north after getting blown out 123-78 by the Clippers in LA, the Sixers paid a similar favor to their friends (including one particularly familiar face) by the Bay by getting torched 123-80 by the Golden State Warriors. Good times were had by all, except of course for the visitors, who hopefully at least got some bitchin' burritos down at the Mission that afternoon for their troubles.

You might wonder whether a basketball team has ever lost by so much in consecutive nights--a combined 88 points, for those of you not feeling like doing the mental math. The good news? One has. The EVEN BETTER NEWS? Well...

Yes, our beloved '93-'94 squad, two seasons after Charles Barkley was traded for Jeff Hornacek and loose change, and a couple months after Horny himself was jettisoned for the corpse of Jeff Malone, leaving us with a core of Clarence Weatherspoon, Dana Barros and rookie center Shawn Bradley, though even Bradley was by then lost for the season with a dislocated kneecap.

The two blowout losses from that season occurred in the third-and-second-to-last games of the season, a 130-82 loss in New York followed the next night by a 133-88 drubbing in Indiana. (Incidentally, New York and Indiana would end up meeting in a seven-game classic Eastern Conference Finals that season, which possibly bodes well for LAC and GSW's postseason prospects this summer.) The Knicks had seven double-digit scorers (led by Patrick Ewing's 26 and 15) and buried the Sixers with a 41-point third quarter, while the Pacers were paced by a 40-point night from center Rik Smits, the first 40-point performance of the Dunking Dutchman's career.

All that said, the 76ers did rebound in their season-closing showdown with the Detroit Pistons, salvaging a little dignity in a 110-102 victory over the 20-61 Motown squad, led by 24 and 10 off the bench by former Bulls star Orlando Woolridge, in the very last game of his pro career! So, uh, look out Utah Jazz--we're coming to town with a vengeance (and a -88 scoring margin for the week) this Wednedsay.

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds