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.
Kevin Hart is one of the most well-known Philadelphia sports fans in the world.
He made a scene at the Super Bowl while showing support for the Eagles.
So it's no surprise when TMZ asked him about LeBron James and his 76ers, Hart lit up a bit, even going so far as to say he has already attempted to recruit him to Philly.
"I sent him $40. He didn't accept it," Hart said. "I really did try. I sent him 40 dollars and I said come to Philly."
"He said, 'kiss my ass!'"
"I don't think he's going anywhere," Hart added.
Probably not if $40 is the best we as a city have to offer.
The Philadelphia 76ers as a team, and Joel Embiid specifically, reminded the world last night that FS1's Colin Cowherd is quite often full of it when they won their 40th game of the season.
We wrote about this last night when Jojo poked fun at Cowherd for his preseason assertion that Sixers wouldn't sniff 40 wins. But today Cowherd held up his end of the preseason bet by rocking a No. 21 Sixers jersey during his The Herd show.
Cowherd's co-host Kristine Leahy posted video of the frequently wrong analyst admitting he'd lost and saying he'd own up to it, eventually.
"I'd love to have [Embiid] on this show anytime he wants," Cowherd said today. "I made a bet. I lost. I'm not going to welch."
But then he spoke about not being able to find a jersey that fit while Leahy was wearing one that would clearly fit him. They eventually found one and he put it on.
"They deserve love," Cowherd said.
Winning sure feels good. All kinds of winning.