- Prediction: 55-58 wins, Eastern Conference Finals
- Pick: Win the Atlantic Division
With the roster that has been assembled in the City of Brotherly Love, anything short of a trip to the NBA Finals is going to be chalked up as a disappointing year. The Bucks certainly have the best player in the East, but you can easily argue that Philly has the best collection of talent of any one team in the conference.
Toronto and Boston will give chase, and the Pacers could be a threat once Victor Oladipo returns. Nevertheless, the Sixers appear to be on a collision course to meet the Bucks in the ECF.
- Prediction: Top 3 seed in the East
- Pick: To win the Eastern Conference +200
I initially thought that there’s no point in backing the 76ers to win the East, but I think that was a mistake. The team has enormous potential and leadership which should be crucial in the playoffs. The price of around +200 seems like good value and this is my recommended pick at the start of the season. If the top players of the 76ers can stay fit in the playoffs, they can challenge the Bucks.
The Philadelphia 76ers pushed the Toronto Raptors in the previous NBA season. With Kawhi Leonard gone, the franchise feels now may be the time to win the Eastern Conference and fight for the NBA Championship.
The odds at most NBA betting sites confirm that theory, but we have our doubts. Jimmy Butler was their best player and he’s now gone, while Joel Embiid’s health issues could return at any point. The big man and Ben Simmons also operate in the same areas offensively, so the team might struggle.
These are a few of the reasons why we don’t see value in the current betting odds for Philadelphia 76ers. The team could end up winning the Eastern Conference, but it’s simply not worth risking right now.