FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO forecast gives Sixers the best chance to win 2020 NBA Finals
FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO forecast has given the Philadelphia 76ers the best chance to win the 2020 NBA Finals. The statistical analysis site gives the Sixers a 27% chance of winning the championship next season.
The Sixers are followed by the Houston Rockets (25%), Los Angeles Lakers (13%), Milwaukee Bucks (10%), Golden State Warriors (9%) and Los Angeles Clippers (5%).
Philadelphia lost All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler and shooting guard JJ Redick in free agency, but the team rebounded by signing All-Star big man Al Horford and acquiring combo guard Josh Richardson from the Miami Heat in the Butler sign-and-trade deal.
The Sixers re-signed Tobias Harris to the richest deal in franchise history and gave Ben Simmons a rookie scale contract extension. Philly now has a lethal Big 4 of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Al Horford. With Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference now, the Sixers have a great chance at winning the Eastern Conference. They lost to Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in seven games on that epic game-winner by Leonard.
The Bucks are the other team in the East many believe has a shot to win it all. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Sixers and Bucks meet in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. For Philly to win the title, Embiid has to stay healthy, Harris has to develop into a closer, and Simmons has to have some resemblance of a jump shot.
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