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Sixers and Celtics players hung out on night before game

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Sixers and Celtics players hung out on night before game

Jahlil Okafor didn't appear in the Sixers' season opener down in DC so he probably didn't need a whole lot of time in the ice bath following the game. So he likely wanted to go elsewhere to get his chills.

Okafor shared an Instagram story showing he visited Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary on Thursday night. Oh and he was with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, who he'll face tonight in the home opener in Philadelphia. Fellow Dukie Amile Jefferson was also there.

What do you think: are you of the old school mindset that opponents shouldn't be hanging with the enemy on the night before the game or is this 2017 and just a couple of Duke guys hanging out helping each other acclimate to the NBA life?

I say the latter. Let these guys live their lives and get their boos from ghosts, not fans. Until Tatum steps onto the court tonight, then booooo away.

What's the deal with Nick Foles' feet?

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What's the deal with Nick Foles' feet?

Nick Foles is new to Instagram but we're pretty sure he's not new to footwear.

The Super Bowl MVP joined Instagram over the weekend and his first photo was fantastic: Nick, his wife, his daughter, all posing in front of the beautiful Super Bowl display over at the NovaCare Complex.

It's pretty much perfect. Except if you look a little too closely. Nick appears to have some mismatched footwear on. What's the deal, Nick?

PREVIOUSLY: Nick Foles chokes up talking about his daughter

Bring your family to work day! #FlyEaglesFly

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UPDATE: Could the conspiracy go deeper?

Other things you can glean from Foles' insta: he has a cute dog and a Rocky statue and likes what we're assuming is country music. No ads for Uber just yet, but we expect them.

My boy, Henry.

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Rocky in the locker. #underdog #eagles #rocky

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One projection model has Sixers with suprisingly good chance of reaching NBA Finals

One projection model has Sixers with suprisingly good chance of reaching NBA Finals

The rest of the sporting world is starting to recognize something Sixers fans have been realizing for weeks now.

This 76ers team is different.

Dwyane Wade, a future Hall of Famer, called them "special" after their hard-fought win in Game 4 in Miami on Saturday (see story).

“They’re good,” Wade said. “They’re special. They’re a good group. They put the right team together.”

Now, the stat-heads over at FiveThirtyEight are showing the love today in their updated prediction models.

The team with the highest percentage chance of winning the NBA title this season, according to their unique mix of team Elo ratings and player projections, is the Houston Rockets at a whopping 41percent. But you know who has the second-highest percentage chance of winning it all as of Monday morning? Not the Golden State Warriors. Not the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not the Toronto Raptors.

Your Philadelpha 76ers currently have a 14 percent chance of winning the NBA title this season, again, according to 538's unique projections. That is higher than all other NBA teams. The Warriors (10 percent) and Raptors (11) are the only other teams in double digits.

They also put a 40 percent chance the Sixers represent the East in the Finals. The Raptors (32), Cavaliers (12), Celtics (8), and Pacers (5) all follow.

The Sixers can end their opening-round series with the Heat with a win on Tuesday night and would await the winner of the Celtics-Bucks series which is currently tied at two wins apiece. The Sixers would have home-court advantage over the Bucks but not the Celtics in the next round.