Which Philadelphia sports team is most likely to bring a trophy home this year?
The question gains relevance for two reasons. One, the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies will have resumed their seasons as of the upcoming weekend, while the Eagles are never off the betting radar.
And two, all of the teams are good.
Let’s rank title chances with personal analysis and odds at major NJ online sports betting apps, including DraftKings and FanDuel. All odds are as of July 28.
The Philly team with the best chance of a title may not be the team that immediately comes to mind.
Flyers: Can they win the Stanley Cup in 2020?
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Bet you didn’t know the Flyers were THE hottest team in the entire NHL before the COVID-19 shut down in March.
They had a 9-1 run, advanced to 89 points and had joined the league’s elite. They went almost a month without losing a game.
Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights have shorter odds than the Flyers.
Still, the Flyers are in the top 10 for a Stanley Cup run.
This is a young team that improved dramatically on defense this season and has magic with first-year head coach Alain Vigneault. He piloted the New York Rangers to the Cup finals in 2014, and his teams historically enjoy a first-season spike.
The Flyers have four 20-goal scorers in Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes. Goaltender Carter Hart is capable of leading this team all the way to the Stanley Cup.
What might deny them? The team does not have a prolific individual scorer, and backup goalie Brian Elliott is too big of a drop-off.
Uncertain intangible? The puck has not been dropped in nearly five months.
Good intangible? The Flyers are a strong team at home and away. That should carry over into a neutral site, such as Toronto, where they will play all their Eastern Conference postseason games.
The Flyers are on the right track to win their first Stanley Cup since 1974-75. Is this the time, or are they still a year away?
Eagles: Can the Birds make a return to the Super Bowl?
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DraftKings Sportsbook has the Eagles and Sixers at roughly the same odds to hoist a championship trophy.
I lean toward the Eagles ahead of the Sixers because they have a Super Bowl triumph and two playoff appearances in the last three seasons.
This is an elite December team, and had quarterback Carson Wentz not been injured early in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last year, they may have advanced to the next round.
The team has discipline and character. It is strong at the tight-end position. The Eagles need a power back, a marquee receiver and stability at quarterback.
Wentz continues to tease Eagles backers, but he hasn’t been the same in his last two seasons back from injury. And now that his playoff injury from last year is on the ledger, his durability is a major question mark.
So is his mobility, without which his passing will suffer. Wentz is not on the level of a Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterbacks from February’s Super Bowl.
Nonetheless, he manages a game well. Wentz has nearly three touchdowns per interception over his four-year career. That’s an exceptional ratio. He’s done this without a stellar wide-receiving group.
If the Eagles keep him healthy and supply protection in the form of a running game and breakout receiver, they will become a Super Bowl threat again.
Sixers: What are the odds they’ll be 2020 NBA champs?
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Will the real Sixers please stand up?
The Sixers have a 39-26 record broken into two startling sections as they prepare for the end-of-season games and the post-season in Orlando, FL.
At home, they are the best team in the NBA. How about 29-2? That’s better than the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks, the +250 title co-favorites at DraftKings. That’s better than the Los Angeles Clippers, the next best at BetMGM, +325.
Yet the Sixers are 20-1 at most NJ sportsbooks for a championship because of two words: the road.
There, they are worse than the nonplayoff-bound New York Knicks, who are 21-45 overall, just 10-23 on the road.
Go figure the contrast: better than the Lakers, worse than the Knicks.
Philadelphia will probably land between their home and road extremes at the neutral site. On a given night, they can beat anyone and should be fully healthy now. But can they do it often enough?
This Sixers rise and fall with the outside shooting of their players. This is a tall team that plays away from the basket.
The Sixers have stars. Joel Emblid averages 23.4 points a game. Ben Simmons clicks at 58% field-goal percentage and averages 16.4 per game. He declared himself 100% healthy after a four-month rehab for his ailing back. Tobias Harris chips in more than 19 points a game.
Matisse Thybulle can get scorching hot off the bench in a hurry.
A prevailing sentiment before the mid-March shutdown was that if the Sixers could steal a road game in a playoff series, they would capture that series. Even for a championship.
This team may be a year or so away from their best performance, but their theme song, “Here Come the Sixers,” is appropriate. They’re coming.
Phillies: To be or not to be at the 2020 World Series?
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Excitement reigned when the Phillies signed Bryce Harper before last season. And they became the talk of the baseball world at 33-22 early last year.
But their bullpen failed miserably, and this team ran out of gas. They finished 81-81, or 11 games under .500 for roughly two-thirds of the season.
Nothing indicates they will rise much beyond .500, despite the heavy amount of over 31.5 season-wins backers at New Jersey sportsbooks for the 60-game season.
Off-season pickups this year included manager Joe Girardi, who will elevate the team. Didi Gregorious will help at shortstop, and Zack Wheeler was a good pitching pickup, but this team needed a Gerrit Cole.
There are some nice pieces to this team, but they don’t all fit together. The Phillies need more speed at the top of their order and a lights-out closer.
This is a reasonably good team, but probably not good enough.