Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 40-42 The Bet: Hammer the under The Philadelphia 76ers seem to one day. But let’s not create an air of disappointment by expecting too much, too soon.
Vegas, probably capitalizing on the excitement that surrounds all the future stars, is already doing this. Betting under is one of the most easy sports bets of this year.
Joel Embiid isn’t guaranteed to keep healthier. Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons have played in a zero matches. The remainder of the roster is laden with upside down, but they’re by no means guaranteed to break through and produce strongly positive benefits in 2017-18.
Lest we forget, the Sixers went. If you bet the above, you are counting on at least a 15-game improvement, and that’s quite a lot to ask.
Obviously, arguments exist on the contrary. Philadelphia had numerous turnover issues last year that counting on two newcomer playmakers to direct the fee is not actually an issue. It won 28 games with Embiid only suiting up 31 times, and both numbers are likely to trend up going forward, especially with more thickness surrounding the gifted centre.
But incremental advancement is still a lot more probable than a massive jump from deep from the lottery to over .500.