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By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The 2018-19 NBA season hasn't even started yet and Las Vegas is already showing love towards the Philadelphia 76ers' star players.

On Wednesday, Bovada revealed their odds for the 2018-19 NBA MVP award and two Sixers players cracked the Top 12 in voting.

Both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are already gaining the recognition they deserve after their impressive campaigns last season.

Embiid was an All-Star starter for the first time and also garnered recognition for his defensive play, finishing runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, and on Second Team All-Defense for his elite play.

Simmons, in his first official NBA season, was named NBA Rookie of the Year for his unbelievable season at point guard, finishing third in the league in triple-doubles (12) and was second all-time in triple-doubles by a rookie.

Embiid has slightly better odds than Simmons to win the Most Valuable Player award at 16-1, but Simmons only trails his big man slightly at 35-1.

Of note around the league, Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell has the 16th best odds at 85-to-1 and Celtics' forward Gordon Hayward (150-1) and Jayson Tatum (175-1) are extreme longshots for the award.

How about Lakers guard Lonzo Ball? He somehow makes the list, but comes in at a laughable 450-1. Would you take that bet?


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