Sixers Podcast: NBA Playoffs Sixers vs Nets + Ben Simmons future

Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, 76ers - Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, 76ers - Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Sixer Sense Podcast returns as the Sixers are on the verge of their first-round playoff matchup with the Brooklyn Nets. This Saturday marks Game 1 in South Philly and the Wells Fargo Center will be rocking! The podcast starts with the key matchups that will be impactful in deciding the series winner. Are there any under-the-radar X-Factors that will play a key role for either team? Lucas Johnson, Christopher Kline, and Jonathan Geib give their first-round series prediction on who will win and in how many games.

Next up, the conversation shifts to a topic we cannot ever seem to escape from, the Notorious B.E.N. (Simmons). Brooklyn shut Simmons down for the season after the All-Star break and the group debates if Simmons playing would have any effect on the outcome of this series. They also discuss the possibility of Simmons ever returning to All-Star form or if he can just get back to being a reliable starter in the NBA. Is Simmons current contract the worst in the NBA?

Lucas, Christopher, and Jonathan shift the conversation to the Boston Celtics versus Atlanta Hawks series. The Hawks defeated the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, securing the 7th seed in the East and earning the right to face Boston in the first round. Do the Hawks have any chance of upsetting the Celtics in this series? Even if they do not, can the Sixers learn anything from this series when considering a potential second-round meeting with Boston? Jonathan also asks the guys whether Miami would have been a tougher matchup for Boston.

The podcast ends with a discussion about which first-round series in both the Eastern and Western Conferences will be the most exciting. In the East, everyone is looking forward to the New York Knicks versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over in the West though, almost every series is a must-watch. Give the podcast a listen to see which of these matchups most interests the group!

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