Philadelphia 76ers Betting
Buckle up and grab a towel if you plan to bet on the Philadelphia 76ers. This franchise’s NBA odds could be all over the place following all the drama. You can find all kinds of odds on them from the BetUS sportsbook. Their basketball futures not only include NBA conference odds and NBA Championship odds but also specials that let you bet on Ben Simmons’ future.
Philadelphia 76ers Team Leaders
Joel Embiid is the 76ers’ best player and leader. The Cameroonian has become more vocal lately and seems to be maturing. The 27-year-old is entering season six and has yet to reach a Conference Final. He finished second in MVP voting last season with a career high 28.5 points. Philadelphia 12.4-points better with him on the court.
Next to Embiid is Simmons, the much-maligned point guard. Simmons has not been himself, to say the least, and has come under heavy fire for his poor showing in Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks. The budding star has shrunk under pressure and is in a dubious situation. Will he play? And if he plays, will he be the same player?
As it stands, the Sixers’ floor is a middle seed and their ceiling is what they were last season. This isn’t that inspiring considering this team appeared destined to be a perennial contender. But if executive Daryl Morey can make magic and swap Simmons for a sharpshooting star, Philadelphia may just go all the way.
Philadelphia breezed through the 2020-21 regular season. The Sixers lost both Simmons and Embiid for a few weeks in the season but still managed to finish atop the East with a 49-23 record. They easily went over their 43.5 projected win total in the preseason.
The team appeared ready to make their first Eastern Conference Finals when it faced the upstart Atlanta Hawks in the second round, only to choke away three of the final four games of the series to lose. Most of the blame fell on Simmons but the likes of forward Tobias Harris and coach Doc Rivers were part of the problem.
Still, Philadelphia was solid on the betting lines and covered 54.3% of their spreads last season (44-37-3). They were a reliable favorite with a 56.1% cover rate (37-29-1) and a 76.1% win rate (51-16). The Sixers only went 19-17 against teams above .500. But it handled the losing teams, winning 30 of 36 games against them, the best record in the league.
Andre Drummond, center, Los Angeles Lakers
Georges Niang, forward, Utah Jazz
Dwight Howard, center, Los Angeles Lakers
George Hill, guard, Milwaukee Bucks
Jaden Springer, guard, Tennessee
Rivers enters his second season in Philadelphia with plenty of scrutiny. His tenure with the Clippers already ended on a sour note with his team blowing a 3-1 series lead as a favorite. The 60-year-old has compiled a .585 win percent in 22 seasons and hasn’t had a losing record in 14 straight.
And yet, his legacy appears to be that of playoff failure. While Rivers has a .510 playoff win rate, he is the only coach in NBA history to lose three playoff series after going up 3-1. Rivers is a future Hall of Famer and has an NBA Championship. But he has a lot of work to do to rehabilitate his reputation.