With one night left in the NBA season, the Sixers still have a shot of moving up one slot to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Historically, it won't matter.
Since the NBA went to a 16-team postseason in 1984, the No 8 seed is just 4-52 vs. the conference top seed in the first round. But the No. 7 seed isn't much better (5-51). And when it comes to the Eastern Conference, there is no difference (both are 1-27). In fact, those two East wins were the same team (Knicks) in consecutive seasons (1998 and 1999) upsetting the same club (Heat), both best-of-five series.
Here are the first-round records for the NBA's No. 7 and No. 8 seeds:
|No. 8 Seeds vs. No. 1||4-52||1-27||3-25|
|Best of Seven (2003-11)||2-16||0- 9||2- 7|
|Best of Five (1984-02)||2-36||1-18||1-18|
|No. 7 Seeds vs. No. 2||5-51||1-27||4-24|
|Best of Seven (2003-11)||1-17||0- 9||1- 8|
|Best of Five (1984-02)||4-34||1-18||3-16|