Sixers become title favorites after Game 5 win over Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with De’Anthony Melton (8) after the team’s win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2023, in New York. The 76ers won 102-97. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

On the road against the incumbent title favorite, the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers rose to the occasion and now find themselves just one win away from their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2000-01.

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Entering the series, the Boston Celtics held +200 title odds, making them the heavy favorite by a large margin. As the second round of the playoffs has soldered on, the title odds have continued to fluctuate. Now with the potentially pivotal Game 5 in the rearview mirror and the Sixers just one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals, there is a new leader in the title odds clubhouse.

The Sixers are now favorites to win the NBA title, tied with the Denver Nuggets at +290 odds. While there is still much to be done between now and the Finals, Philadelphia holds its best chance to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy for the first time in 40 years.

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