Sixers leading woeful division

Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and coach Brett Brown. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

DALLAS – Entering the season, the 76ers were supposed to be the worst team in the NBA. It didn’t seem like they would even be competitive within their own division.

However, four weeks into the season, the Atlantic Division has been awful. The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have been horrible. With 3-6 records, the Nets and Knicks are tied for last place in the division. Both teams were expected to challenge the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for Eastern Conference supremacy.

That has enabled the Sixers (5-6) to lead the pack, despite losing six of their last eight games.  Boston (4-7), losers of three straight, and the Toronto Raptors (4-7) are tied for second in the NBA’s worst division.

Twelve-point underdogs, the Sixers are expected to lose their third straight game Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. The Nets are the other division team in action Monday night.  They are favored by 2 ½ points over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

- Keith Pompey

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