The two top seeds face off tomorrow when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Los Angeles Lakers in what promises to be one of the most exciting games of the early season.
The Lakers boast an NBA-best 14-4 record (including a perfect 10-0 on the road) while the Sixers hold a 12-6 record (9-1 at home). Clearly, something's gotta give as they face off at the Wells Fargo Center.
That's why coach Doc Rivers knows that his team must be pretty much flawless - unlike they were vs. the Detroit Pistons - if they want to stand a chance vs. the reigning Champions, going as far as to say that they're actually better than they were last year:
“We’ll be ready when it comes, I’ll tell you that. They’re not a hard team to get up for. … They have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They’re better than last year," Rivers said, as quoted by Tom Moore.
Rivers certainly has a point right there. Not only do the Lakers have more depth and talent this year than they did last year but also, they're clicking in ways just NBA Championship teams do. They know and trust each other and are pretty confident in their skills.
The Sixers, on the other hand, have been too dependant on Joel Embiid and have struggled to get going when he's been unable to play, while the Lakers have that 'next-man-up' mentality to help LeBron James and Anthony Davis in their pursuit of another NBA Championship. Now, we'll have to see whether Rivers and the Sixers can finally hand them their first road loss of the season.