In a year highlighted by Joel Embiid’s MVP performance, the Sixers are still currently not the favorites to win the Finals this year, in fact, they aren’t even in the top 5.
The Nets, Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, and Jazz all have better odds according to Draft Kings SportsBook to win the 2021 NBA title.
The Sixers currently sit at 32-14 and are still holding onto first place in the Eastern Conference despite missing Joel Embiid for over two weeks.
The Sixers may not be the offensive threat that the Nets, Jazz or Lakers are, but they play perhaps the best defense in the league, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Danny Green and Seth Curry have stepped up in the absence of their big man and the Sixers have been hot.
In many defensive metrics, the Sixers are ranked either 1 or two, and with the addition of George Hill at the trade deadline, the Sixers’ defense will surely get even better.
Not will Hill fit right in because of his play on the defensive side of the ball, Hill is known more for his offense. Hill led the NBA in three point percentage last year, and while he hasn’t been as dynamic from deep this year, he is certainly an upgrade to an already great bench.
Daryl Morey, in a Zoom interview with reports, said “It’s very important that if you put a defender on our floor, especially with Joel and Ben, that that player can shoot, that player can be safe with the ball. George has always been a guy who’s extremely safe with the ball makes the right play.”
The Sixers +1100 to win the championship odds are perhaps the best on the board.
The Nets certainly have the best team in the NBA on paper, and that would explain why they’re currently the favorites to win the title this year in the majority of Sports Books. However, we’ve seen this before. We have seen “super teams” come together, and more often than not it doesn’t work.
With the Lakers missing Anthony Davis and LeBron James for the foreseeable future, and the Sixers just flat out being a better team than the Bucks, Jazz, and Clippers. It begs the question, why aren’t the Sixers favorites?
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