Monday, May 25, 2015

The Sixers' Difference

Sixers lead the NBA in point differential

The Sixers' Difference

The Sixers not only have the NBA's longest current winning streak (five games), but are also leading the league in opponents field goal percentage (39.1%), opponents points per game (85.6) and point differential (+14.7), which we'll focus on here.

Only the Sixers and Heat are in double figures in "point diff" and their current mark would be a club record for an entire season. Here are the NBA leaders through Monday and the best the Sixers' franchise has put up:

Team     Points       Opp. Diff.     W-L
Sixers 100.3 85.6     +14.7 6-2
Heat 108.3 96.6 +11.7 8-1
Bulls 96.3 86.6 +9.7 8-2
Nuggets 101.7 95.8 +5.9 6-3
Hawks 99.6 92.1 +7.5 7-3
Trail Blazers    99.0 93.3 +5.7 6-2

The Sixers' franchise-best point differential seasons (SN denotes the club was still in Syracuse as the Nationals):

Season    Points Opp.     Diff. W-L
1966-67 125.2    115.8 +9.4   68-13
1967-68 122.6 114.0 +8.6 62-20
1949-50 (SN)    84.8 76.7 +8.1 51-13
1980-81 111.7 103.8 +7.9 62-20
1982-83 112.1 104.4 +7.7 65-17
1962-63 (SN) 121.6 115.6 +6.0 45-30
1981-82 111.2 105.5 +5.7 58-24
1977-78 114.7 109.6 +5.1 55-27
1968-69 118.9 113.8 +5.1 55-27
1989-90 110.2 105.2 +5.0 53-29
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