An east to west migration of superstars has opened a potentially golden path to the NBA Finals for Ben Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers. But can their new-look team hit season with an early win? FOLLOW LIVE
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An east to west migration of superstars has opened a potentially golden path to the NBA Finals for Ben Simmons and his Philadelphia 76ers.
A year ago LeBron James, who devoured Eastern Conference titles like he was at an all-you-can-eat buffet, moved west to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kawhi Leonard, who last season taunted and then extinguished the 76ers from the playoffs with a buzzer-beating dagger that bounced on the rim four times before dropping in, is also no longer in the east after departing the champions, Toronto Raptors, for the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Las Vegas bookmakers believe only the Greek Freak, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and his Milwaukee Bucks stand in the 76ers’ way of claiming the Eastern Conference title.
The bookies have Leonard’s Clippers, who also boast All-Star Paul George, as favourites to win the title.
James’s Lakers, after the arrival of All-Star centre Anthony Davis, are a close second.However, the 76ers have some new parts to navigate. The franchise lost Jimmy Butler in the off-season but signed Al Horford and Josh Richardson. How long will the new pieces take to fit? Follow Ben Simmons and the 76ers when they take on the Boston Celtics on Thursday.
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