Weekend Rips: Sixers hungry for homecourt, Phillies head to the ATL, and the Flyers…?
Wow, the week is over already? Honestly, I woke up this morning thinking I had another day before I had to sit down and debase myself for clicks. I turned 23 on Tuesday and figured I’d feel more adult, more responsible, anything that signals a more put-together future. Well, I certainly do feel one year closer to death. Anything beyond that is either a massive stretch or an intrusive thought I can quickly dispatch with a quick shake of the head and a chuckle to myself. Not today, Lucifer. You’ll have to wait.
What were we talking about again? Oh, right, the weekend! Much of the Delaware Valley is just a few hours away from the end of the workday. We’ve got a weekend jam-packed with some highly entertaining contests, high-leverage matchups, and a young stud’s professional debut. There’s no need for those six beers on your lunch break when there’s this much action to look forward to. Go ahead and zone out in that all-hands meeting, play snake on your computer, and try not to let the monotony of American corporate life render you a husk of the child you once were or the man you thought you’d be. It’s time to let it rip.
Sixers can lock up home court advantage throughout the playoffs
Coming off of a six-game win streak, the Philadelphia 76ers are two wins away from claiming the number one seed in the Eastern Conference with six games left to go. Coincidentally, they play two games this weekend, both at the Wells Fargo Center: tonight vs. the New Orleans Pelicans and tomorrow vs. the Detroit Pistons. Huh, will you look at that? The only things standing between us and clinching the top seed are the Fat Boy and the city of Detroit. The latter of whom can’t stop much of anything in its own jurisdiction (*cough* crime), let alone Joel Embiid. With no Jerami Grant either, I predict the Sixers will sweep the weekend. This will allow the boys to rest up and focus squarely on the playoffs, which will be insanely important this year. Here are the tip-off times for this weekend:
Friday vs. Pelicans on NBC Sports Philly @ 7pm
Saturday vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Philly @ 7pm
Phillies look to stay hot against the Braves
The Phils are headed down to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Braves in a pivotal series. Coming off of a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, the first since 2008, the squad will hope to make do without franchise talisman Bryce Harper. Luckily, Jean Segura may make his return to the lineup. He was, without a doubt, the hottest bat in the lineup before he got hurt.
In terms of pitching, the Phillies will likely go with Eflin tonight, Vinny Velo Saturday, and Aaron Nola for Sunday Night Baseball. The fact that I’m remotely okay with Vince making a start should show how bad the bottom of our rotation really is. Regardless, I’m confident the Phils can give the Braves trouble. The NL East is doing its best impression of the 2020 NFC East. Every team has been wildly mediocre, so the Phillies can make some headway in the standings with good results.
All around 7pm starts for this weekend series in Hotlanta. Luckily, I’ll have likely been drinking heavily for that Vinny V start, and you should be too.
Flyers actually gave me something to write about this weekend
Stud d-man and absolute beautician Cam York will make his Flyers debut TONIGHT with our second powerplay unit. I don’t have much to say, but Stumps and Danny are high on the kid. As a result, I’ve fallen in line and could not be more stoked to see the young gun hopefully wheel-snipe-celly his way into the hearts of Flyers fans.
Catch Cam York @ 7pm on NBCS Philly.
Liberty Line Radio
While Drew is off in the Magic Kingdom whoring himself out to the executives of The Mouse Company, Luke, Leo, and I are back on Liberty Line Radio. We’ve also got Jack joining us to talk Sixers and Birds. Check out Four Quarters of a Whole Idiot LIVE Saturday evening on Fox Sports The Gambler 102.5 FM – 1480 AM.
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