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Sixers' odds to win NBA Finals

Sixers' odds to win NBA Finals

Following a stunning 52-win season, the Sixers find themselves in the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. And with fairly high expectations, too. 

Bovada has released its odds for the playoffs and unsurprisingly, the Sixers are pretty high up on the list of legitimate contenders.

The Sixers (15/1) have the fifth-best odds to win the NBA Finals. Here are the favorites: 

Warriors — 7/5
Rockets — 8/5
Cavaliers — 13/2
Raptors — 17/2
Sixers — 15/1 

The next closest team, the Thunder, sits at 25/1. 

That puts the Sixers just outside the four-team pack of favorites. Still, for a team that won 10 games a couple years ago, you have to like the Sixers' odds. 

As for the Eastern Conference, the Sixers have the third-best odds to reach the Finals at 5/1 odds, just behind the Cavs (5/4) and the Raptors (8/5).

For reference, the No. 2 Celtics' odds have freefallen since it was announced that superstar guard Kyrie Irving will miss the entirety of the playoffs. Boston sits at 70/1 to win the Finals and has the fourth-best odds to win the East at 20/1.

The third-seeded Sixers open their series vs. the Heat Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Sixers' Jimmy Butler and Nets' Jared Dudley fined for roles in Game 4 skirmish

Sixers' Jimmy Butler and Nets' Jared Dudley fined for roles in Game 4 skirmish

Updated: 7:36 p.m. 

Though an executive has been suspended for Game 5 of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Nets — Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks, for entering the referees' locker room following Game 4 — both Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley will be eligible to play.

Butler has been fined $15,000 for his part in Game 4’s third-quarter melee, while Dudley has been fined $25,000.

It’s hard to argue with the description that Dudley “escalated an on-court incident” by pushing Embiid after he took exception to his Flagrant 1 foul on the Nets’ Jarrett Allen. 

And though it’s difficult to imagine Butler or the Sixers simply accepting Dudley’s shove of their star center, the explanation that Butler “escalated it further” is accurate.

The league seems to be acknowledging Dudley played a more central role in the incident by giving him a larger fine. Unfortunately for the Sixers, both players received equal punishment on Saturday — ejections.

Embiid, appreciative of Butler sticking up for him, told reporters in Brooklyn Saturday night he would pay Butler’s fine. 

Embiid's foul on Allen will stand as a Flagrant 1, ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports. The Sixers' center still has two flagrant foul points in the playoffs and would receive a one-game suspension if he accumulated four points. 

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Nets general manager Sean Marks suspended one game, fined $25,000 for entering referees' locker room after Game 4

Nets general manager Sean Marks suspended one game, fined $25,000 for entering referees' locker room after Game 4

Updated: 7:58 p.m.

The Sixers might have felt aggrieved Saturday after the third-quarter confrontation that resulted in the ejections of Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler, a trade-off that favored the Nets.

But, after the Sixers pulled off a 112-108 Game 4 win without Butler, it was a member of the Nets’ organization who wanted to see the referees.

Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks has been suspended for Game 5 and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room after the game, the NBA announced Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Marks was upset over Joel Embiid's Flagrant 1 fouls in Games 2 and 4 not being adjudged Flagrant 2s. A Flagrant 2 foul is an automatic ejection.

Caris LeVert and Dudley had expressed their displeasure with Embiid laughing as he apologized postgame for his Game 2 elbow to Jarrett Allen's face. Embiid reiterated his apology before Game 3, saying he didn't mean to make light of the situation and that he'd texted Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to again let the Nets know he was sorry.

After his foul on Allen in Game 4 that kickstarted the scuffle which resulted in Dudley and Butler's ejections, Embiid immediately pointed to indicate he'd gone for the ball.

While Elton Brand will be watching at Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night as the Sixers look to advance to the second round, Marks will have to watch elsewhere as his team tries to bring the series back to Brooklyn. 

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