Some will say its-way-too-early to talk about the 2021-22 NBA season. But the Philadelphia Sixers face big questions surrounding Ben Simmons one of their franchise cornerstones and neither Simmons or Joel Embiid have ever advanced past the second round of the playoffs.
Less than 24-hours after Simmons woeful playoff performance, sportsbooks had odds for Simmons’ next team. Will the Sixers be able to deal Simmons for a star like Damian Lillard or will they have to settle for a lesser package?
Pennsylvania sports betting apps already have odds for the 2021-2022 NBA season. The Sixers opened as +1600 to win the NBA Championship and as of Sept. 21 were +2000.
Key dates for 2021 NBA offseason
- Sept. 28: Training camp starts
- Oct 19: : 2021-22 season opens
Ben Simmons and Sixers road to divorce?
The Sixers hoped that Simmons could be salvaged and hoped to put together an offseason workout plan to fix his shooting woes. Simmons started his summer break spending time with his new girlfriend Maya Jama and purchasing a home in California. The Simmons summer drama continued with a report in late July that the team has been unable to contact him. On Aug. 31, sources said that Simmons told team execs he no longer wanted to be a Sixer and wouldn’t report to training camp. Simmons reportedly wants to be traded to a team in California.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sept. 21 that Simmons was would not report to training camp and “intends to never play another game for the franchise.”
Updated Ben Simmons trade odds
BetMGM in Colorado, Arizona and D.C. posted odds on Sept. 21 which team Simmons will play his first regular season game for in 2021-22 (void if stays with the Sixers).
Ben Simmons next team at BetMGM
- Timberwolves: +400
- Rockets: +450
- Kings: +650
- Spurs: +800
- Warriors: +800
- Raptors: +800
- Full odds listed on app
On Sept. 1, PointsBet posted odds on Simmons next destination and the top three teams were:
- Blazers/Kings: +150
- Warriors: +250
Sixers and NBA 2021-22 futures odds
After the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Championship, sportsbooks had odds listed for favorites to win the NBA Championship in 2022. In late July, the favorites were the Brooklyn Nets (+200), Los Angeles Lakers (+525), and Milwaukee Bucks (+900). The Sixers have the eight-best odds at +1600.
2021-2022 Philadelphia Sixers NBA Championship odds
(As of Sept. 21)
2021-2022 Philadelphia Sixers Eastern Conference Championship odds
- BetMGM: +750
- DraftKings: +700
- FanDuel: +900
2021 Philadelphia Sixers Atlantic Division odds
- DraftKings: +350
- FanDuel: +260
Philadelphia Sixers 2021-2022 win total
- DraftKings: Over 50.5 (-110)/Under 50.5 (-110)
Will the Sixers make the playoffs in 2021-2022
- DraftKings: Yes (-2000)/No (+1000)
2021-2022 NBA awards odds
At BetMGM, Luka Doncic (+400) is the favorite to win MVP followed by Joel Embiid (+700), Kevin Durant (+700) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+800).
Ben Simmons (+350) is the co-favorite with Rudy Gobert for Defensive Player of the Year.
Other awards betting markets at BetMGM (with the favorite and Sixers’s odds listed, full odds on app)
Rookie of the Year
- Cade Cunningham: +250
- Jaden Springer: +6600
6th Man of the Year
- Jordan Clarkson: +500
- Matisse Thybulle: +3000
- Shake Milton: +3000
Most Improved Player
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: +700
- Ben Simmons: +2500
- Matisse Thybulle: +8000
DraftKings currently has player prop markets for 2021-2022. Here are the favorites and Sixers’ odds.
- Bradley Beal: +250
- Stephen Curry: +500
- Luka Doncic: +500
- Joel Embiid: +750
- Clint Capela: +130
- Rudy Gobert: +200
- Jonas Valanciunas: +450
- Joel Embiid: +2500
- Ben Simmons: +50000
- Russell Westbrook: +100
- James Harden: +145
- Trae Young: +500
- Ben Simmons: +6000
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