2023-01-25 21:00:56

Fantasy basketball: Why the 76ers are a sleeping giant

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By Andre Snellings

If you are an NBA fan...

If you play fantasy basketball...

If you are into NBA betting futures...

If you are into NBA analytics...

...The Philadelphia 76ers need to be on your radar. Heavily.

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They are quickly approaching "Most Interesting Man in the World" status, as a team, but seem to be flying completely under the radar. As I look closer at this team, though, I can't imagine that's going to continue. The 76ers are a problem in the NBA, and the unique structure of their team makes them a goldmine for fantasy production. Let's explore.

Better than the odds

The 76ers are much better than perception and futures odds reflect

According to Caesars Sportsbook, the 76ers are double-digit longshots to win the NBA Championship at +1400, with seven other teams with shorter odds. The 76ers are, in fact, massive underdogs to win their division at +650, behind the prohibitively favored Celtics (-900). To translate the betting odds into English, you'd have to bet $9 to win $1 dollar on the Celtics winning, while the 76ers are 1-to-6.5 underdogs (betting a buck would get you $6.50 if they win). For you math fans out there, those numbers would suggest that the Celtics are more than 50 times more likely to win the Atlantic Division than the 76ers.

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