The NBA has finalized a 22-team field that is set to continue playing this season after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the season to a halt, and the Philadelphia 76ers have already clinched a playoff berth. Philadelphia is ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference and could climb higher before the regular season is set to resume in late July. It is even with the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers and two games back from the fourth-seeded Miami Heat.
Philadelphia has underperformed since losing Jimmy Butler and adding Al Horford this offseason and was affected by injuries leading into the break. Ben Simmons tweaked his back in February and is expected to be ready to go when the regular season resumes. Joel Embiid suffered a shoulder injury the same month Simmons was injured and played in one game in March before the NBA season was postponed. Sixers coach Brett Brown says he wants the big man to play a career-high 38 minutes a night in the playoffs. Whether he has the conditioning for that remains to be seen.
A completely healthy 76ers team can definitely be a force in the NBA playoffs. It Nearly knocked off the Toronto Raptors in an epic Game 7 duel last year. According to Vegas, Philadelphia’s title odds have gotten worse with extended rest and a new playoff format.
Philadelphia 76ers Championship odds
Philadelphia’s title odds were at +2200 on DraftKings SportsBook on May 13 but that mark has dropped to +3000.
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