Coming off their fourth loss of the season the first place Philadelphia 76ers look to bounce back this weekend when they host the Atlanta Hawks Friday before traveling to Miami to play LeBron James and the Heat on Saturday.
Up to this point in the season the Sixers have had the second easiest schedule in the NBA, playing teams with a combined winning percentage of .392. They will be tested this weekend against the Hawks and Heat, who have a combined winning percentage of .724.
Playing without their All-Star power forward, the Atlanta Hawks have won seven of their last eight games and bring a four game winning streak into Philadelphia on Friday night. They last played Wednesday when the defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 92-89 in Atlanta.
The Heat have also been playing without one of their best players – Dwyane Wade has missed the last two games with an ankle injury – but have won two straight behind the stellar play of LeBron James. They easily defeated Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.