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Gamblers see 76ers at Potential Power Dark Horse

2022-23 NBA Futures Philadelphia 767ers NBA Championship CashBet Odds

It is true that many gamblers like the Philadelphia 76ers as potential NBA betting championship material.  However, it is also a fact that the 76ers rate behind the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks in the future market.  Philadelphia has a marquee man in center Joel Embiid.  And the 76ers boast a bona fide scorer in James Harden.  Head coach Doc Rivers has an NBA championship on his resume.  And he commands a respect that most coaches dream of.  But something seems to always go wrong for Philadelphia at crunch time.

2022-23 NBA Futures Philadelphia 767ers

NBA Championship CashBet Odds:  +1000

Eastern Conference Championship CashBet Odds:  +480

Atlantic Division Championship CashBet Odds:  +480 

Philadelphia 76ers CashBet Wagering Analysis

In this situation, the 76ers bring a better sports betting record, reputation, and marquee man.  Joel Embiid is the premier big man in the NBA.  And the 76ers are showing a bigger profit margin than most teams this season.  Squares are hesitant to step into the 76ers with inconsistent top online sportsbook opponents.  Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is in the world-class category.  In turn, Philadelphia is one of the top defensive teams in the Association.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 34-17 straight up, 30-21-0 against the spread, and 30-21 over/under the total.  Overall, Philadelphia has NBA rankings of 12th for scoring offense, 7th for field goal percentage, 3rd for 3-point field goal percentage, 2nd for free throw percentage, and 28th for offensive rebounding.  While defensively, Philadelphia has NBA rankings of 4th for scoring defense, 14th for field goal percentage permitted 1st for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 7th for defensive rebounding.

Joel Embiid is the marquee man of the 76ers and a 5-time NBA All-Star, including this year.  Embiid was the 3rd overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas.  So far this season, Embiid is averaging 33.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.

Namely, James Harden is a 3-time NBA scoring champion, 10-time NBA All-Star, and was the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player.  When he is healthy and in the right frame of mind, Harden is a transformative player.

Head coach Doc Rivers played in the NBA from 1983-1996 and was an All-Star.  As head coach of the Boston Celtics, Rivers won the 2008 NBA championship.  Previously, Rivers was named 2000 NBA Coach of the Year with the Orlando Magic.  He has been an All-Star Game head coach on three occasions.

Accordingly, Rivers entered this season with a career win percentage of .581.  Before arriving in Philadelphia, Rivers coached the LA Clippers from 2013-14 through 2019-20.  In turn, he was the winningest coach in franchise history.  His record with LA was 356-208, but he never advanced beyond the second round.

Rivers’ arrival in Philadelphia gave the team instant pro basketball betting credibility.  Players have no choice but to respect such an accomplished NBA success record as a player and coach.

A new NBA gambling era began for the Philadelphia 76ers as James Harden arrived from the Brooklyn Nets.  Indeed, Harden is best known as the NBA scoring machine and champion from his days with the Houston Rockets.

Now it has been nearly four decades in the wilderness for Philadelphia since their last NBA championship.  Their last Conference title was all the way back in 2001.  That is quite a dry spell for such a proud and historic legacy franchise.  Philadelphia’s history includes NBA icons like Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Irving, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson.

To former coach Brett Brown’s credit, he ended the 76ers’ dry spell of five consecutive years out of the playoffs.  As mentioned earlier, new coaching help arrived with Doc Rivers.  Brown somehow survived four successive seasons in which he went 19-63, 18-64, 10-72, and 28-54.  However, when Brown finally got a dominant center, Joel Embiid, he became a lot “smarter” of a coach.  Subsequently, the 76ers went to the playoffs for three straight seasons but never advanced past the second round.


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