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Joel Embiid says series vs. Nets is 'over' after Game 4 win

Joel Embiid says series vs. Nets is 'over' after Game 4 win

Don't expect a Warriors-type collapse from the Sixers, according to Joel Embiid.

After making a joke about that possibility after a dramatic Game 4 win at Barclays Center, Embiid was caught stopping at Shake Shack for his postgame meal. 

Like the gentleman in the video asks roughly 9345298570235 times: Is it over?

Well, none of this should come as a surprise. Embiid, who's been dealing with left knee soreness that caused him to miss Game 3, has been physically imposing his will in the games he has played and has now laughed(!) at two postgame press conferences. He's clearly ruffled the Nets' feathers, causing Jared Dudley to charge at him and Brooklyn's GM to burst into the referees locker room postgame.

He's probably right. But you probably don't want to give the Nets any extra fuel for Game 5, but the Sixers have given them plenty throughout the series and here we are at 3-1.

The Sixers are the villains and they don't seem to care. In fact, it seems to be galvanizing them.

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Sixers Talk: Mike Scott, Brian Scalabrine get us ready for huge season opener

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Sixers Talk: Mike Scott, Brian Scalabrine get us ready for huge season opener

On our season preview show, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick look ahead to the season with Serena Winters, Brian Scalabrine and Mike Scott.

• The guys give their bold predictions for the upcoming season.

• Serena Winters talks Matisse Thybulle's role and the evolution of Ben Simmons.

• The White Mamba joins us to talk Celtics and give us an outsider perspective on the Sixers.

• Mike Scott talks about the love from Philly and becoming an "OG."

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The betting public is liking Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

The betting public is liking Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

There’s plenty of excitement around the Sixers as we inch toward the opening tip of the 2019-20 season.

Much of that is centered around the team’s two young All-Stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Apparently, the betting public is sharing in that excitement.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Simmons is the most popular bet for MVP while Embiid is second. Their odds certainly have something to do with it. Embiid (+1600) has the eighth best odds while Simmons (+4000) has the 12th best. In layman’s terms, it means if you put $100 on Embiid you’d make $1,600 and $4,000 if you put $100 on Simmons.

The team’s projected record is also a big part of that. Last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo won the MVP after led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the NBA. With the Eastern Conference looking prime for the taking — and the West likely pummeling each other — there’s a chance the Sixers could finish with the most wins. If that happens, one or both players will likely get strong consideration.

As has been the story for their entire careers, the development of Simmons’ shot and the health of Embiid will be the biggest factors here.

The first step toward either player’s candidacy starts Wednesday night.

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