When first looking at the Philadelphia 76ers, they seem to be an absolutely loaded team. Filling their roster is Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Boban Marjanovic. The Sixers are currently in third in the Eastern Conference with a record of 49-29, with three games remaining that shouldn’t be a problem for them.
Joel Embiid is arguably the best big man in the league, putting up 27.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. With his known attitude and confidence, when Embiid is hot he is hard to shut down.
Ben Simmons is also a major factor for the 76ers. While most NBA fans judge Simmons on his horrible three-point shooting ability (he is still yet to make a three-pointer), he is comparable to a young LeBron James. His athleticism lets him drive in the paint against heavy resistance and still finish. Because of this ability, the former Rookie of the Year is putting up 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game.
Barring any major changes, the 76ers are locked into that three seed. This means that they will play the six seed, which is currently the Detroit Pistons. The Detroit lineup is no matchup for Philadelphia and should be an easy win. The second round is where the 76ers could face problems, where they would most likely play the Toronto Raptors, who Vegas Insider gives the second-best odds of winning the Eastern Conference at 5/2. If the 76ers can make it past the Raptors, they will then most likely have to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks or the Boston Celtics.
While the Sixers (3/1) have better odds of winning the Eastern Conference than the Celtics (4/1) do, Boston has always been the 76ers kryptonite. While some say that the Celtics and 76ers are rivals, Embiid has countered that saying it is not a rivalry because they (Philly) lose every time. The Celtics are 3-1 against the 76ers this season. The Celtics and Sixers faced each other in last season’s playoffs, where the Celtics won the series four games to one without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward. If it comes down to the Celtics vs. the 76ers, it would not be wise to bet in favor of Philadelphia.
If the Celtics do not make it that far, the Sixers would be up against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Conference Finals, who are favored to win the conference by Vegas Insider. With MVP favored Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the charge, Philly just does not have anyone capable of stopping him. In a series between Philadelphia and Milwaukee, follow the rest of the betters and bet on Milwaukee.
Due to the tough path Philadelphia will have to get through, the 18/1 odds of winning the Finals makes sense. The strength of their opponents is just too strong this year for the 76ers to make any deep runs in the playoffs.