DeMarcus Cousins: Kentucky would beat Sixers; sportsbook favors Philly
Former Wildcat big man has his school's back vs. the tanks quad, but Vegas has a different idea.
Earlier this week, Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said that this year's No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats team would "definitely" win a seven-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers tank squad. On Thursday, Bledsoe's teammate at UK, Demarcus Cousins, backed up his former Wildcat teammate.
"I'mma roll with Kentucky as well," the Kings big man said. "Honestly I don't know much about the 76ers. I'll probably go with Kentucky."
The 76ers are winless this season headed into a back-to-back set against Phoenix on Friday and the dreadful New York Knicks on Saturday. One entity does believe that the Sixers would win in a game vs. the Wildcats, though. The Westgate Sportsbook in Las Vegas.
On separate matter, Westgate Las Vegas Superbook tells ESPN that it would list Sixers as 17-point favorite over Kentucky if teams could play— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2014
That Sixers/Kentucky theoretical line established by Westgate Las Vegas Superbook assumes game played on a neutral floor under NBA rules— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 20, 2014
That's a lot of points for a Sixers team that's starting maybe two starting-caliber players. I actually tend to think many of the Sixers (Tony Wroten, Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies) will go on to be solid role players in the league, but then, most of the Wildcats' first seven will be good pros as well.
But the biggest problem is just a matter of age and experience. Older players know more about the game, and players who spend all day, every day focused on the game and working on their strength and conditioning will have an advantage over young pups. The Wildcats are talented, the Sixers are physically superior. But this might be the only scenario in which you can imagine the Sixers being favored by 17.
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