The Philadelphia 76ers have some pretty high expectations after years of stringing together some of the worst seasons the franchise has ever seen. The anticipation of a healthy Joel Embiid being joined by not one but two first overall draft selections in Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz has plenty of Sixers fans with playoffs on the brain.
And you know what? Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't saying it's out of the question.
Westgate Las Vegas dropped some NBA odds Tuesday and the Sixers have a couple of interesting props.
Will the Sixers make the 2017-2018 NBA Playoffs? -360 YES and +280 NO.
Granted, the East will be something of a trash heap this coming season, so simply making the playoffs isn't exactly a triumph for your average team. But a team coming off the types of seasons Sixers fans are used to? It's a small step in a larger process.
Making the playoffs is great and all but what about winning the Eastern Conference? The Sixers actually have the fifth best odds to accomplish that at 18/1.
The craziest number of them all may be the Sixers over/under win total being placed at 42.5. That would be more wins than they had in the last two seasons combined.
You will not find Billy Donovan on the Thunder's injury report after Friday's game against the Sixers.
But Oklahoma City's head coach may be icing down alongside his players or popping a few Advil.
Donovan took an errant pass straight to his face during the Sixers-Thunder game at the Wells Fargo Center. Richaun Holmes was looking to collect an assist on a JJ Redick jumper, but the Sixers' big man put a little too much mustard on the pass.
The one-handed dish went right to Donovan … who was not ready to catch it, and why would he be? Holmes also just barely missed former Sixers player and head coach, Maurice Cheeks, who is an assistant under Donovan.
At least that was Holmes' only turnover of the game.
The Sixers have a pretty exciting matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder this evening and ESPN is promoting it like no other.
As part of their all-day Sixers coverage, JJ Redick sat down with SportsCenter's Philly faithful, Kevin Negandhi, to talk about the state of the Process and all things Philly hoops.
Negandhi asked Redick about how his body feels after playing so much this season at the age of 33.
"I feel great. I feel like I'm a slower, less-athletic, whiter version of LeBron at 33," Redick said.
"No, I'm joking," he added, sadly.
He goes on to talk about the time and resources he invested to play this game at a high level.
The joke starts at the 1:35 mark below.
Other topics include him talking about his day-game meals, his thoughts on Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons having the potential to be transcendant NBA talents, and how he joined the Process at just the right time.
Redick also shouts out Vernick as one of his favorite restaurants in Philly. Good taste.