Updated: Friday, 4:10 p.m.
The NBA is one step closer to coming back!
What are you going to do next?
I’m going to Disney World ... then logging on to my favorite sportsbook app.
The Sixers right now have odds as low as 20-1 ($100 wager to win $2,000) at Westgate Las Vegas/Superbook to win the NBA championship. That number is nearly twice as high it was last June, when the odds were first released (12-1).
If you like the Sixers’ chances, then jump on FanDuel’s odds at 27-1 ($100 wager to win $2,700) or DraftKings at 30-1 ($100 wager to win $3,000). Those same 30-1 odds were where the Sixers were listed at when we last saw them in March.
Depending on the sportsbook of your choice, the Sixers own the sixth-best to ninth-best odds to win the NBA title. As for clinching the Eastern Conference, FOX Bet lists the Sixers, along with the Celtics and Raptors, as having the second-best odds at +700. It’s no surprise the Bucks are odds-on favorites at -188 (wager $188 to win $100).
No one knows how effective the players will be if/when the games resume. Will the players be cold and rusty, or will they be well-rested and healthy? With all the games being played in Disney World without fans under the NBA's owners-approved plan, that silent atmosphere would take away the Sixers' league=best home court advantage (29-2 at home this season).
From a betting perspective, the Sixers also earned the league’s best home record against the spread this season (19-10-2). The next three teams with the best home marks against the spread just happened to be Miami, Milwaukee and Toronto, all of whom the Sixers are battling for Eastern Conference supremacy.
On a positive note, the Sixers won’t have to play a true road game anymore. Sorcerer Mickey Mouse waves his magic wand and poof, the 10-24 record away from the Wells Fargo Center disappears, as well as their league-worst 9-23-2 road mark against the spread.
So, there are some pluses and negatives surrounding the Sixers. However, a neutral site levels the playing field and forces bettors to find other matchup advantages. Under these unusual circumstances, maybe this is the year a team out of the blue rises up and shocks the world. It’s unlikely, but that’s why it’s called gambling. There are no sure things.
One team to keep an eye on is the Brooklyn Nets, who sit right behind the Sixers in seventh place in the East. Before the season was suspended, the Nets had odds of anywhere from 500-1 to 750-1. Those numbers have dipped drastically to 60-1 as rumblings of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving returning continue to heat up. Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon in the Finals a year ago, while Irving underwent shoulder surgery back in March.
All eyes may be on the happiest place on Earth later this summer, and now is the time for bettors to wish upon a star. However, it remains to be seen if one will get everything their heart desires.
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