Ben Simmons’ Suspension Has Little Effect to the Sixers’ Opening Game Odds

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  • Sixers spread line for season opener drops by one point after Ben Simmons’ suspension.
  • The Sixers suspended Simmons for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team.
  • Philadelphia still has the 6th best odds to win the NBA title and the third-best odds to win the East.

The Philadelphia 76ers will open the 2021-22 season without Ben Simmons after the team suspended him for one game due to “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Despite Simmons’ absence, the Sixers’ aren’t expected to miss him that much. Well, at least in their season opener. Philadelphia opened as 4.5 point betting favorites against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. After the news of Simmons’ suspension, the spread dropped, but only to 3.5 points or just a one-point net effect.

Sixers Now -3.5 at Pelicans on Wednesday

According to online sportsbook BetOnline.ag, the Sixers are now just 3.5-point betting favorites to beat the New Orleans Pelicans in their first game of the 2021-22 NBA season. Philadelphia is also just a slight -150 Moneyline favorite but considering these lines opened at -4.5 and -123, playing without Simmons in the season opener only had little effect on the Sixers’ chances. Not that Simmons isn’t a good player but it’s just that the Sixers are still a very good team even without him.

Joel Embiid is in the Top 5 of the MVP odds boards with odds ranging from +650 to +1000, depending on which of the best NBA sportsbooks you are using. Philadelphia also has Tobias Harris, who averaged just a shade under 20 points per game at 19.5 PPG last season.

Seth Curry has also become a reliable scorer at12.5 points per game while Shake Milton, who looks to be the one to benefit from Simmons’ absence, averaged 13.5 points per game last season. Danny Green, Matthysse Thybulle, and Furkan Korkmaz are also returning to help the Sixers’ cause.

Philadelphia is also one of three teams with the sixth-best odds to win the 2022 NBA championship at +1600 via BetMGM. They also still have the third-best odds to win the East at the same sportsbook at +750 with only the Brooklyn Nets at -125 and the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks at +425 as the only East rivals with better odds than them.

Simmons Suspended for One Game

As for Simmons, he is only suspended for one game but by the way, the situation looks in Philly, it looks like it won’t be the last. Simmons was thrown out of the Sixers’ practice on Tuesday after he reportedly refused to sub in for a drill. Sources said this happened several times and when Rivers finally had enough of Simmons’ antics, the coach ordered him out of the practice facility, and Simmons happily obliged.

Simmons has been reluctant to engage physically and mentally with the Sixers since his “return”. The Aussie superstar had demanded a trade after the Sixers’ appeared to have “isolated” him after a poor showing in the 2021 playoffs. In the last Ben Simmons’ odds board, the Sixers were the +200 betting favorites to be the team he will play Game 1 of the 2021-22 season with. The Minnesota Timberwolves (+600) and Sacramento Kings (+600) were the top two non-Sixers teams in the odds board but Philly has failed to negotiate a Simmons trade with either, or with any other team for that matter.

Eventually, the Sixers hoped to patch things with Simmons. But the lines had been drawn. Simmons insisted that he had played his last game for the team. Then he ended up returning after the Sixers could not find an “equitable” deal for him. Now, the situation is only a bigger mess that both parties are better without.

Doc Rivers says he still hopes Simmons will consider, but he does not want him to be a distraction to the team. Simmons is still the second favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year honors at +400 via the Caesars Sportsbook but right now, it remains to be seen where he plays this season, if at all.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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