It seems the Sixers can’t get away from Jimmy Butler and the Heat. Both the Sixers and Miami have the sixth-best odds to win the NBA Finals at +2000 ($10 bet to win $200), per NBC Sports betting partner PointsBet.
Competition in the East is fierce as the Bucks (+500), Nets (+600), and Celtics (+1400) are all ahead of the Sixers and Heat. Meanwhile, it should be no surprise that the Lakers are the favorite to repeat at +250.
Because of COVID-19, teams are playing 72-game schedules in the 2020-21 season. The Sixers’ over/under on wins is listed at 44.5 for the season. That works out to a .618 win percentage. This past season the Sixers finished with a record of 43-30, which was good for a win percentage of .589.
The oddsmakers seem to view the Doc Rivers led-Sixers as pretty much a lock to make the postseason with odds of -607 ($10 bet to win $1.65). Crazier things have happened, but if they did not qualify, a wager on odds of +420 would earn $42 on a $10 bet.
With added perimeter help in Danny Green and Seth Curry, plus veteran big man Dwight Howard and rookie Tyrese Maxey in the fold, the Sixers certainly could make a run to the championship. PointsBet lists the odds on potential NBA Finals matchups for the Sixers. Here’s a look at the top six, with earnings based on $10 wagers:
- Lakers: +2000 ($200)
- Clippers: +3000 ($300)
- Mavericks: +10000 ($1000)
- Nuggets: +10000 ($1000)
- Warriors: +15000 ($1500)
- Jazz: +15000 ($1500)
The two teams favored to meet in the NBA Finals are the Lakers and Bucks at +600. The Sixers sure would like to spoil Milwaukee’s championships dreams as Butler and the Heat did this past summer.
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