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Rockets' 2018 NBA championship odds soar after trade, Sixers moving up

Rockets' 2018 NBA championship odds soar after trade, Sixers moving up

Houston, we have liftoff ... at least on the Rockets' odds, that is.

Bovada on Thursday released its latest odds for the 2018 NBA championship and Las Vegas seems to think Houston's chances have soared after the Rockets picked up All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Clippers on Wednesday. After opening at 20/1 when the 2017 Finals concluded June 12, the Rockets are now third among all 30 teams at 12/1.

Golden State and Cleveland remain at the top with 4/7 and 15/4 odds, respectively, with Boston and San Antonio tied for fourth at 14/1.

But if you look just a bit further down the list, you'll see a bit of a surprise lurking in a tie for ninth at 66/1.

Yep, you guessed it, the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers share their spot on the list with the Clippers, Lakers, Bucks and Thunder, but are ahead of several playoff teams from last season including Utah, Memphis, Portland and Atlanta.

Clearly, it's not just Philadelphians trusting The Process. The Sixers opened at 100/1, and unsurprisingly, their trade up to draft Markelle Fultz has now pushed them even higher in the minds of Vegas oddsmakers.

Also of note, Bovada has a number of interesting offseason prop bets listed. Although Vegas thinks Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka are more likely to stay put than not, they give Gordon Hayward 10/11 odds to land with the Celtics and Paul Millsap 4/5 odds of moving out to Denver.

Rating the Rumor: Eagles OC Frank Reich a 'possibility' for Titans

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Rating the Rumor: Eagles OC Frank Reich a 'possibility' for Titans

Just when it seemed the Eagles might make it through the 2018 coaching carousel relatively unscathed, a new rumor links offensive coordinator Frank Reich to the Titans’ vacancy.

Then again, due to the timing of the Titans’ head coaching search, they may not even have the opportunity to talk to Reich at all.

Reich was first named “a possibility” for the Titans’ job by longtime beat writer Terry McCormick. However, because the organization did not request an interview during the first week of the NFL playoffs, by rule, a meeting cannot occur until after the Eagles’ season is finished. That could be as many as three weeks from now, depending on the outcome of the conference championship on Sunday.

Ideally, the Titans will have filled the job by then.

Reich himself shot down the story on Tuesday, though that was easy given the circumstances, with the Titans unable to reach out at present.

“Right now, myself, our staff, are interested in one thing only, so, that's all,” Reich said. “I have no time (for that). When I tell you I have no time for anything to consider anything else other than how we're preparing a game plan to beat the Vikings, that's really all we're concerned about.”

If the Titans are a little late to the game, that’s because a somewhat surprising postseason run gave Mike Mularkey two additional weeks of life. Once eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend, the sides parted ways, at a time when most front offices were already finalizing coaching searches. Of the seven clubs with openings, two are filled, and three more are reportedly spoken for.

In other words, the Titans are left with a smaller pool of candidates to choose from. That could help explain why Reich could be gaining some momentum after there was no reported interest in the first round of coaching interviews.

While Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo were among the star candidates this offseason, Reich flew under the radar. However, the reality is he probably warranted more consideration. From that standpoint, the Titans’ supposed interest makes sense.

Some observers may even see a potential Reich departure as beneficial for the Eagles. DeFilippo’s contract is up at the end of the season, and it’s believed if he isn’t hired as the head coach of either the Titans or Cardinals, he’ll leave for an offensive coordinator job regardless. If Reich goes, one of the league’s bright, young assistants could move into his role.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, it probably is.

DeFilippo is reportedly still in the running for the Cardinals job (for which the Eagles can grant permission for a second interview next week even should they advance), and may be ready to move on regardless, to someplace where the title of offensive coordinator comes with play-calling duties. As for Reich, his availability is largely tied to whether or not the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl, unless the Titans were willing to wait until February to have so much as a conversation.

The Titans are already lining up interviews with other candidates, notably Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. And should the Eagles lose on Sunday, you can certainly understand why any of Reich, Schwartz or DeFilippo would be on the short list. Yet, for the moment, their candidacy for this particular job appears to be in direct proportion to the outcome of the NFC Championship game.

Rating the rumor: Sorry, Titans – you snooze, you lose

Relive the wild Eagles celebration over Falcons one more time in 360 degrees

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Relive the wild Eagles celebration over Falcons one more time in 360 degrees

As Doug Pederson would say, there's plenty of work left to do.

But let's be honest, most of us are fans. So we can savor Saturday's victory over the Falcons a little longer than the Eagles players who have to get right back to work to prep for the Vikings this coming weekend.

And the Eagles official accounts have been producing some beautiful content ever since Julio Jones slipped, got up, and let the ball sail through his finger tips.

My favorite thus far -- and I'm partial, because you can see me for a split second at the 23-second mark -- is the final play of the Falcons' drive that ended with the huge 4th and goal from the 2 yard line sync'd up with Merrill Reese's call and fan-filmed reactions. It's a work of art.

Next up is a pretty sweet 360 view of the celebration in the locker room. You've seen Jeffrey Lurie dancing like a maniac by now, but this is a unique perspective you can literally see from every angle.

And for some extra chills, enjoy the national anthem. Love the fans joining in the singing.