Just one. The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Miami Heat (106 – 94) in South Beach last night in one of their ugliest games of the season. Joel Embiid, who seems to be still recovering from a non-COVID illness had season lows in both points and rebounds (6 points, 2 rebounds). Philadelphia trailed by 22 points early in the second quarter and never recovered.
“Nobody played well,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I would love to say it was Joel or Ben or Tobias. I thought we all were bad. We all looked like we were stuck in the mud tonight. No explanation for it, but that’s how it looked.”
Last night, was UGLY. All caps.
But the end game as far as the Eastern Conference goes remains incredibly simple.
One more win clinches No. 1 seed for 76ers
The Sixers face the Orlando Magic – who are just a game out of last place in the entire Eastern Conference – twice this weekend. Both games (Friday and Sunday) are in Philadelphia.
And with just one win – just one – Philadelphia will clinch the No. 1 seed and home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
So the biggest prize is still right there for the taking. And in this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll take a look at the Sixers’ weekend series, along with some of the available odds at the best PA sportsbooks.
Philadelphia is a hefty 13.5-point favorite Friday night
The Sixers have a quick turnaround for Friday night’s game with the Magic in Philadelphia. Tip-off is set for 8:15 p.m. And according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Sixers are 13.5-point favorites, with a moneyline price of -950.
FanDuel also has odds available on the game’s first basket scorer. The Sixers pricing is as follows:
- Tobias Harris: +430
- Ben Simmons: +550
- Seth Curry: +800
- Danny Green: +950
- Mike Scott: +1000
Live betting will also be available for Friday’s game soon after tip off.
Game lines and wagers for Sunday’s contest – which is scheduled for 7 p.m. – will be available after Friday’s game is completed.
The 76ers are fifth in NBA Championship futures
If you’re looking further ahead, Philadelphia is +800 to win the NBA title, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for fifth-best odds.
The Sixers are +300 to win the Eastern Conference. The Brooklyn Nets, who figure to be a No. 2. or No. 3 seed, are the Eastern Conference favorites at +100. The Bucks are third at +330.
The NBA’s regular season ends this weekend and the play-in tournament, which includes the teams seeded 7-10, begins on Thursday. Whichever team ultimately ends up as the No. 8 seed will face the Sixers if they clinch the No. 1. seed.
But no matter what happens this weekend, the Sixers will not be involved in the play-in games.
Can Sixers clinch No. 1 see vs. Orlando Magic?
Philadelphia has already secured a playoff spot. The Sixers should win the Eastern Conference too. And the No. 1 seed.
All it takes is one win against the lowly Magic this weekend.
It could happen Friday. And quite frankly, it probably should.
The Sixers need just one win to become the Eastern Conference Champions.
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