No time for Sixers overconfidence

The Sixers will close out the season primarily on the road, primarily against losing teams. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The 76ers ability to put away lesser talent has been a major reason for their success. As we mentioned after the win over Cleveland, the Sixers were 18-5 against sub .500 teams.

And now they face another struggling team when they visit the Washington Wizards on Friday.

The Wizards took an 11-38 record into Thursday’s game at Indiana and this will test the Sixers ability to guard against overconfidence.

This season the Sixers are 3-0 against the Wizards and the closest win was by 13 points. In the three games, the Sixers are averaging 108.7 points while the Wizards are averaging 87.3 points.

Yes, the Wizards have upgraded their level of professionalism with the acquisition of Nene. However, this is still a team that has too many young players beaten down by losing, including point guard John Wall, who seems to have regressed during his second year.

From the Sixers point of view, a blowout win is the best possible scenario simply becaue they have to face Atlanta the next night at the Wells Fargo Center.

If the Sixers can save some minutes, it will be huge. Then again, Atlanta will also be playing the second of a back-to-back, having to host the Knicks on Friday.

Not looking ahead to Atlanta will be key for the Sixers. They have proven they can beat the lesser-quality teams, but they still can’t take anything for granted, even against one of the NBA’s least successful teams.