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Sixers have 3rd-best odds to win NBA Finals in 2018-19 but LeBron James a huge factor

Sixers have 3rd-best odds to win NBA Finals in 2018-19 but LeBron James a huge factor

It appears the Bryan Colangelo saga didn’t help the Sixers' odds to win the NBA championship next season.

But it didn’t really hurt them all that much either as the team looks for its next GM.

After being tied with the Rockets for the second-best odds just last week, the Sixers now have the third-best odds (9/2) to be crowned NBA champs next season. 

The biggest factor for the Sixers still remaining near the top: The chance to sign LeBron James.

“We expect the odds to look much different within six weeks as LeBron James makes his free agency decision,” sports book manager Kevin Bradley of Bovada said. “We are trying to protect the teams that we believe he might go to and give more value to teams we perceive to be out of the running. There is value to be had if you think you know where LeBron will end up as odds will drop drastically after he signs.”

Though the numbers were released back on May 29, Vegas considers the Sixers the favorite to land the King. Now that the Finals are over and the draft is approaching, the LeBron courting will commence in earnest.

Here are all the odds:

Golden State Warriors - 5/4

Houston Rockets - 4/1 

Philadelphia 76ers - 9/2 

Boston Celtics - 6/1

Los Angeles Lakers - 16/1 

Cleveland Cavaliers  - 25/1

San Antonio Spurs - 25/1

Miami Heat - 40/1 

Toronto Raptors - 60/1 

Milwaukee Bucks - 75/1 

Minnesota Timberwolves - 75/1 

New Orleans Pelicans - 75/1 

Oklahoma City Thunder - 75/1 

Utah Jazz - 75/1 

Denver Nuggets - 100/1 

Indiana Pacers - 100/1 

Los Angeles Clippers - 100/1 

Portland Trail Blazers  - 100/1 

Washington Wizards - 100/1 

New York Knicks - 150/1 

Phoenix Suns - 250/1 

Atlanta Hawks - 500/1 

Brooklyn Nets  - 500/1 

Charlotte Hornets - 500/1 

Chicago Bulls - 500/1 

Dallas Mavericks - 500/1 

Detroit Pistons -500/1 

Memphis Grizzlies - 500/1 

Orlando Magic - 500/1 

Sacramento Kings - 500/1

Ben Simmons puts on early show, Joel Embiid comes on late as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game

Ben Simmons puts on early show, Joel Embiid comes on late as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game

The Sixers were well represented by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago Sunday.

Ultimately, Team LeBron won a thrilling — well, at least the fourth quarter was — game over Team Giannis, 157-155, on an Anthony Davis free throw. Kawhi Leonard won the newly named Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award scoring a game-high 30 points.

Embiid, playing without the splint on his left hand for the first time since having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger, got Team Giannis on the board with an early dunk.

Then Simmons put on a show.

Simmons had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the first half.

The NBA decided to break away from its traditional game format, making each quarter its own mini-game. That means each period had its own tip-off.

And would you look at who was squaring off to start the second.

(Simmons won the tip, by the way)

Not to be outdone, Embiid had a couple fancy dunks of his own as Team Giannis built a lead in the third.

Simmons also had this beauty of a put-back dunk for good measure.

He took a spill at the end but appeared no worse for wear for the rest of the game.

Another wrinkle in the new format this year is that the fourth quarter wasn’t timed, and the teams played to a “target score.” In honor of Kobe Bryant, the “target score” was 157 — 24 more points than what Team Giannis, who was in the lead, had total heading into the fourth quarter.

With Team Giannis nearing that point total, Embiid made his presence felt down the stretch, including dropping this nasty Dream Shake on LeBron James.

Both Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) showed why they were selected for the game.

They’ll return to the court for the Sixers Thursday against the Nets at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Sixers Talk podcast: Are the Sixers still a Finals contender?

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Sixers Talk podcast: Are the Sixers still a Finals contender?

The Sixers are off to a solid start for any team, but the Sixers were built to be a championship contender. Danny Pommells and Anthony Gilbert discuss that and who will take up the open role in the starting lineup on this edition of Sixers Talk, presented by Wilmington University.

• Are the Sixers still a Finals contender? (2:00)

• Who will move into the starters lineup in place of Al Horford? (6:34)

• Did the Sixers miss on the trade deadline? (10:31)

• This team lacks veteran leadership (20:42)

• Story time with Anthony Gilbert (29:03)

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