The Philadelphia 76ers will look to rebound and take the next step in 2019-20 after a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the eventual NBA Champion Toronto Raptors in May. Philadelphia managed to push the Raptors to the brink on the road inside of Scotiabank Arena, but couldn’t find a way to escape with the victory after Kawhi Leonard hit a miracle buzzerbeater as time expired at the end of the 4th quarter to clinch a 92-90 victory.
While much of the core for the 76ers remains the same, they will certainly feel the sting of the departure of both Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick. Butler in particular was extremely impressive during the postseason, averaging almost 20 points per game over 12 appearances. The Sixers will now look to young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to help the team take the next step in an Eastern Conference that looks to be relatively wide-open.
Milwaukee appears to be the clear favorite to clinch a second straight #1 seed, but the combination of Simmons, Embiid, and the newly acquired Al Horford should keep Philadelphia in the hunt to finish atop the Eastern Conference standings at the end of the regular season. Josh Richardson, who was acquired from the Miami Heat in the deal for Jimmy Butler, should help to fill the void at the shooting guard position.
Best Prop Bets and Odds for the Philadelphia 76ers this Season
Betting markets are predicting that Philadelphia has a legitimate chance at winning the Eastern Conference outright, as they are currently +220 to reach the NBA Finals next June. That leaves them only slightly behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who oddsmakers have listed at +150. Both the Sixers and Bucks appear to be substantially ahead of the rest of the field in the East, as the only other team with better than +1000 odds are the Boston Celtics at +700.
However, the Celtics will likely miss the presence of Al Horford come playoff time, as the 76ers signed the veteran center to a four-year, 97 million dollar contract almost immediately after free agency opened. If Horford can gel with the rest of the young core in Philadelphia, the Sixers should make a lot of noise once the postseason starts.
Looking at some other Philadelphia 76ers betting odds, it appears as if the over/under figure for total Sixers wins is sitting at 53.5. Considering Philadelphia won 51 total games last season, it seems reasonable that they can come close to reaching 54 wins in an Eastern Conference that should be a little bit weaker after the departure of Kawhi Leonard. Although Brooklyn acquired both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it looks extremely unlikely that Durant will be able to suit up at all this year. The key to Philadelphia reaching the over on 53.5 total wins will be most closely related to the health of Joel Embiid, who is borderline unstoppable when he is on his game.
If Embiid can avoid battling injury problems for the entire regular season and start a few more games than he did in 2018-19 (64 total appearances), the 76ers have a legitimate shot at topping the 54-55 win mark. Oddsmakers are also listing Philadelphia as heavy favorites to win the Atlantic Division, as the Sixers are currently -150 to do so. After that, Boston, Brooklyn, and Toronto all appear to be neck and neck with odds of +440, +500, and +500 respectively. A starting five of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, and Joel Embiid is certainly very formidable, so it’s clear that the 76ers are the team to beat in the Atlantic Division and quite possibly the entire Eastern Conference.