The 76ers swung a blockbuster trade with the Nets ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Philly sent a package of Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, and the disgruntled Ben Simmons to Brooklyn for James Harden and Paul Millsap. The addition of The Beard gives Joel Embiid his Robin and the 76ers one of the best 1-2 punches in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is currently 5th in the East at 32-22 but just 2.5 games back of the 1st place Heat. With the deadline behind us and the All-Star break forthcoming, now is a great time to check how this move impacted the 76ers futures market.
76ers Conference & Championship Futures
The situation surrounding the absence of Ben Simmons played a big part in their pre and in-season odds. Philly began the season 16/1 to win the championship and were around 5/1 to be Eastern Conference champs. Their title odds were just about 12/1 a week ago but the reliance on Joel Embiid being Mr. Everything minus Simmons had many skeptical about their potential. Hopefully, you weren’t among this group and snagged those inflated odds because that number just plummeted.
The impact of this trade was felt immediately in the betting market. Philadelphia has dropped down to 6.5 – 7/1 for an NBA Championship and have jumped Milwaukee and Miami to become the second favorite to represent the Eastern Conference at +240. As mentioned above, the pairing of Harden with Embiid creates an almost unstoppable duo when healthy. Not to discount the contributions of Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, but defenses can no longer formulate defensive game-plans centered around stopping just one player. Health will play a major role in whether this trade pays dividends but assuming they stay on the court, all 76ers futures are LIVE!
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