2018-2019 Philadelphia 76'ers Team Preview and Betting Picks
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Brett Brown – Head Coach
Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
2017 Record: 52-30
The Philadelphia 76'ers surprised a lot of teams last year by going 52-30 and going to the postseason for the first time under the Brett Brown era.
The Sixers went on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals but lost to the Boston Celtics in 5 games.
This year, they want a much deeper run and feel that with another year under the belt of many of the young players, this team may be on the verge of a big season!
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Philadelphia 76'ers and determine where we think they will end up.
Philadelphia 76'ers Coaching
Brett Brown is in his 6th year with the Philadelphia 76'ers as the team’s Head Coach. The first 4 years with the team were rebuilding years, where he slowly and gradually gained draft picks and lottery selection to acquire young talent from within.
In the process, he has now developed one of the deepest rosters in the NBA. In his first 4 seasons with the team, he led them to a total of just 75 wins but last year alone, the Sixers posted 52 wins.
Brown is most known for his work with the San Antonio Spurs. Brown was with the Spurs for 4 NBA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Philadelphia 76'ers Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Sixers used their 1st of two 1st round NBA Draft picks to select Texas Tech Shooting Guard Zhaire Smith.
- June 21, 2018 – The Sixers used their 2nd of two 1st round NBA Draft picks to select Wichita State Shooting Guard Landry Shamet.
- June 22, 2018 – The Sixers used their 2nd round NBA Draft pick to select SMU Point Guard Shake Milton.
- July 6, 2018 – The Sixers traded cash to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Wilson Chandler.
- July 6, 2018 – The Sixers resigned JJ Redick.
- July 16, 2018 – The Sixers resigned Amir Johnson.
- July 16, 2018 – The Sixers lost Ersan Ilyasova, who later signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
- July 20, 2018 – The Sixers lost Marco Belinelli, who later signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
- July 25, 2018 – The Sixers traded Justin Anderson to the Atlanta Hawks and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 3-way trade that landed them Mike Muscala.
- July 27, 2018 – The Sixers resigned Demetrius Jackson.
- August 3, 2018 – The Sixers signed undrafted free agent Norvel Pelle, formerly of the Fiat Torino.
- August 29, 2018 – The Sixers signed free agent Anthony Brown, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Philadelphia 76'ers Starting 5
Ben Simmons (PG) – Simmons is one of the top finishers in the NBA. Simmons is a Point Guard but he is so much versatile than just a Point Guard. He has the ability to drive to the rim and finish at a constant level. This could be a very big season for Simmons!
JJ Redick (SG) – Redick is one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA and allows the guys around him to get single coverage because someone always has to guard him or he will drain three’s all night long!
Robert Covington (SF) – Covington will be looking to improve on a subpar season where we saw him lose his starting gig in the postseason. Covington has really struggled with shooting and if he doesn’t improve the shooting, there is a real possibility he could move to the bench where they will utilize his above-average defensive skills.
Dario Saric (PF) – Saric is pretty much decent at nearly everything on the offensive side of the court. The problem is his defense is lacking. He must improve his defense this year if the Sixers intend on going deep into the postseason.
Joel Embiid (C) – Embiid is one of the top big men in the league and should continue to improve in the years to come. Embiid had some cardio issues in the postseason and minutes will be an issue if that trend continues but if…..and it is a BIG IF….he has improved his shape and cardio over the offseason, he could develop into an unstoppable force in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia 76'ers Key Bench Players
Wilson Chandler (SF) – He may not be LeBron James but he is the next best thing that Sixers could get in way of a veteran presence on the court. Chandler will come off the bench and play limited minutes but his leadership will be priceless to the youth on the team.
Markelle Fultz (PG) – Fultz has struggled to adjust to the NBA game. In addition to the struggles of adjusting, he battled a shoulder injury for the better part of the year. It is really unknown what they will do with Fultz in 2018-2019. Some believe that he could start to get him minutes against the elite starters in the league and others believe he will fill in as the 6th man. It is totally up in the air what will happen with Fultz this season.
Mike Muscala (PF) – Muscala was brought in as Ersan Ilyasova’s replacement. Muscala is a hot shooter that will not allow defenses to post up in the paint, as they must play him tight or he will drain baskets.
Amir Johnson (C) – Johnson is an experienced veteran that was brought to the team for some guidance and experience that he can bring to the youth on this team.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Philadelphia 76'ers
The Sixers are a unique team. Everyone is jumping on their bandwagon because they had a good season last year and this year, I agree they will probably return to the postseason because mainly the Eastern Conference will be weak this year but expecting much more than that is unrealistic.
This team will be decent defensively but I think they actually struggle on the offensive side of the ball. The points will be there but what happens in a game where their opposition plays small ball and makes these guys run the court?
We saw last year that Embiid was in no shape to run the floor and Simmons isn’t enough to lead the team by himself. I still think they are a year away from legitimately contending for the Eastern Conference Championship and therefore, will avoid playing them this year on all futures.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Philadelphia 76'ers:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +1600
- Odds to Win Eastern Conference Championship: +370
- Odds to Win Atlantic Division: +375
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 54
- NBA MVP Odds: Ben Simmons +4000
- NBA MVP Odds: Joel Embiid +1800
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