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Predictions For Betting On Philadelphia 76ers – Philadelphia 76ers Preview

Posted by Craig Parsons on 11/4/2012 5:52:50 PM

For anyone who pays serious attention to NCAA football betting, one should keep in mind that the NBA season has already begun, and the Philadelphia 76ers could very well cause a stir in the Eastern Conference.

For anyone who wants to place a bet on the Sixers this year, the new nature of a substantially transformed lineup is going to excite this team's fan base. Philadelphia backers were able to see last season how head coach Doug Collins somehow managed to get the Sixers to the second round of the playoffs, one game short of the Eastern Conference Finals. Collins is not a great coach for a front-running team with lots of superstars, but he has proven to be a terrific fixer, a coach who can take disparate parts and enable them to mesh on the floor. Collins improved the Chicago Bulls in the late 1980s before Phil Jackson took hold of them and lifted them to a series of world championships in the 1990s. Collins got the Detroit Pistons into the playoffs despite some noticeable deficiencies. He didn't make the playoffs with the Washington Wizards, but he did take that franchise from a 19-win season in 2001 to a 37-win campaign in 2002. Now, Collins is making lemons out of lemonade in Philadelphia, and the big question everyone is asking is if the Sixers can somehow bust through to the East finals.

Various online sports books know that the centerpiece of a Philadelphia uprising in the East is center Andrew Bynum, the man who joined the team in the offseason while guard Andre Iguodala left for Denver to play with the Nuggets. Bynum's right knee is still not healthy – the star on the Sixer roster won't be allowed to play until pain is expunged from it – but when Bynum does take the court, Philadelphia will have a proven big man who can score, rebound and defend at an elite level. More to the point, the Sixers will have a center who won't have to share the ball with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol as he had to in Los Angeles with the Lakers. Bynum should be a liberated and emboldened player in Philadelphia, and with that kind of a presence near the basket, the Sixers will have something the Miami Heat doesn't: a next-level big man and low-post presence. This franchise knows that it has a chance to do something special in 2013.

This team should not suffer at the offensive end of the floor. Small forward Evan Turner sees and understands the game in a way that few other NBA players can. Turner is something of a point forward who allows point guard Jrue Holiday to act more like a shooting guard than a true floor general. Jason Richardson is an established shooter, who – along with forward Thaddeus Young – will give the Sixers so many ways to score.

It's on defense where this team will struggle… outside of Bynum and maybe Young. Turner, Holiday and especially Richardson are not rugged defenders. They will get exposed on many occasions. Philadelphia will have to score big to win against Miami, Chicago, and other top teams in the East.


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