Last night saw the debut of Jimmy Butler in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. While the results weren’t there as the team lost and Butler only managed 14 points, but you could see the outlines of a fit. It will take some time. Ben Simmons will need to adjust some of his game, Joel Embiid will have to give up some touches, and Butler will need to play off-ball more, but you could see where this team can really contend in the Eastern Conference. They are one of only two teams with three of the best 20 players in the NBA (and the other is the greatest dynasty of all-time) which makes them a contender. Let’s take a look at what it’s done to their betting odds.
The big blockbuster trade that we have been waiting for finally happened as the Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia. While Philly wasn’t one of his rumored destinations, it does make a ton of sense as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have shown that they are ready to win now.
The 76ers are one of the more exciting teams in the league led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. This team burst onto the scene last season and established themselves as a force in the Eastern Conference for years to come. They started sluggish last year, but went on a 17-game winning streak that included the playoffs where they sometimes looked like they might make the Finals. That didn’t happen, but this team really did something last year and many people think they will improve on that season. They finished last year with 52 wins and have a total set at 54.5 for the upcoming season.
The NBA Division odds are up and today we’ll start with the Eastern Conference. Last season, these race wasn’t very close in the Atlantic as the Raptors ran away with it. That is not expected to be the case this year as it could be the most competitive division with the 76ers, Raptors and Celtics considered three of the best teams in the East. The Heat won the Southeast last year and they’ll be challenged again this year by the Wizards. While the Cavaliers almost certainly won’t be returning as the Central champions. These divisions look to be much more interesting than last season.