The 16-6 Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of the toughest part of their schedule early on in this 2011-12 season. So far they've hosted Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic and Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls and won both games fairly, and surprisingly, easy. Tonight they host two more mega-stars in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat before traveling to Atlanta to face the Hawks in the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night.
The Sixers have faced both the Heat and Hawks once earlier this season, losing to the Heat in Miami and beating the Hawks in Philadelphia. This weekend the home/road will be split as Miami comes to Philadelphia and the Sixers travel to Atlanta. In the Heat and Hawks, the Sixers will be facing two teams with a combined record of 32-13 this season.