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Daily NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -3 (-110) over New Orleans Pelicans

The 76ers should dominate this game. All the talk surrounding Philly this offseason has been about the ongoing Ben Simmons saga, and the rest of the team is going to want to come out and make a statement in this opener.

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Simmons has been suspended for this game, and Joel Embiid isn’t going to waste this opportunity. There’s still a ton of talent here with or without Simmons. Tyrese Maxey will replace him in the starting lineup, and he showed a ton of promise last year as a rookie.

On the other hand, the Pelicans made virtually no upgrades. All they did was sign Devonte’ Graham and trade Steven Adams for Jonas Valanciunas. This was a team that was already a big disappointment last year, so I’m not sure how they thought standing pat would be a good idea.

The 76ers have the better shooters and a huge edge around the rim with Embiid. New Orleans has done a poor job building around Zion Williamson, and this season might be rough for them.

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