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Processing how the Sixers’ odds to win the NBA championship have changed over the years

They were 500-1 to win the title during the gory days of Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan. Today, they are among the favorites.

Tobias Harris and the Sixers are second only to Milwaukee among oddsmakers to win the Eastern Conference.
Tobias Harris and the Sixers are second only to Milwaukee among oddsmakers to win the Eastern Conference.Read moreCHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

The progress of the Sixers’ rebuilding project is reflected in the preseason odds for them to win the title over the last several seasons.

At their worst, they were 500-1 and at the bottom of the longshots.

Entering this season, however -- with three All-Star-caliber players and more depth than they’ve had in years -- they are near the top.

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Here’s a closer look at the October odds over the last six seasons as provided by bookmaker William Hill-US:

Sixers Title odds

Year
2014-15
Odds
400-1
Rank
30th of 30
Top player
M. Carter-Williams
Eventual W-L
18-64
Year
2015-16
Odds
500-1
Rank
30th of 30
Top player
Jahlil Okafor
Eventual W-L
10-72
Year
2016-17
Odds
300-1
Rank
t-28th of 30
Top player
Robert Covington
Eventual W-L
28-54
Year
2017-18
Odds
50-1
Rank
t-8th of 30
Top player
Joel Embiid
Eventual W-L
52-30
Year
2018-19
Odds
18-1
Rank
6th of 30
Top player
Joel Embiid
Eventual W-L
51-31
Year
2019-20
Odds
7-1
Rank
t-4th of 30
Top player
--
Eventual W-L
--

What’s up this season?

Both William Hill and FanDuel say they’ve seen heavy action on futures bets on the Sixers to win the title, which isn’t surprising given how large of a presence they have in this area. Fans tend to bet the hometown teams.

NBA Title odds: DraftKings | FanDuel | PointsBet | William Hill

FanDuel says the Sixers are second in both overall bets made and money wagered to the Lakers. William Hill has the Sixers at 7-1, down nearly in half after opening at 12-1 on June 14. William Hill, which is prominent in Las Vegas, says only the Lakers and Golden State have generated more title action. Yep, Golden State.

But not everyone is sold on the Sixers. Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading at William Hill, said that while his Jersey books have taken Sixers’ action, his locations in Nevada are going the other way.

Bogdanovich opened the Sixers’ win total at 56, but after the under was hit “pretty hard,” he lowered it to 54.

Sixers’ 2019-20 Odds

Outlet
Caesars
Wins
*54.5
Division
--
Conference
+140
Title
+900
Outlet
DraftKings
Wins
54.5
Division
-167
Conference
+220
Title
+750
Outlet
FanDuel
Wins
--
Division
-175
Conference
+220
Title
+750
Outlet
MGM
Wins
54.5
Division
-250
Conference
+200
Title
+800
Outlet
Parx
Wins
54.5
Division
-167
Conference
+220
Title
+750
Outlet
PointsBet
Wins
*54.5
Division
-167
Conference
+200
Title
+650
Outlet
SugarHouse
Wins
54.5
Division
-167
Conference
+220
Title
+750
Outlet
William Hill
Wins
54
Division
-175
Conference
+250
Title
+800

*Note: Caesars’ odds on Sixers win total -120 on over; -110 on under ... PointsBets’s odds are +100 on over; -120 on under ... Juice for all the other outlets is -110 over and -110 under.