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Julius Erving makes bold claim why Sixers will beat Nets in the playoffs

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While the Brooklyn Nets are currently considered as the heavy favorites to come out of the East, there are more than a few folks out there that would beg to differ. One such man is NBA legend Julius Erving, who firmly believes that the Philadelphia 76ers have what it takes to defeat the mighty Nets come playoffs.

In his appearance on Inside the Green Room Podcast with Danny Green, the great Dr. J presented a number of compelling arguments as to why he believes this notion to be true:

“First of all, [the Sixers] have an advantage coaching-wise based on experience with [head coach Doc Rivers], in terms of championship experience that [Green has], that Dwight [Howard] has,” Julius Erving said, via Dan Roche of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “And the ambition of Ben [Simmons] and Joel [Embiid], these guys are hungry now, they’ve been a part of what they call ‘The Process’ for several years, and it’s time for The Process to bear some fruit.”

Erving is all in on the Sixers, and he’s willing to put his own money on it:

“I’m betting my money on Philly,” he added. “… Ws mean confidence. It’s not cool to be overconfident, but it’s very cool to be confident. So you need to maintain that confidence and get out there and perform, that’s the way I see it.”

Fair points from Dr. J here. The Sixers do have a wealth of experience and are extremely hungry. But then again, the same can be said about the Nets. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have both been to the pinnacle of the NBA, and they both know what it takes to win it all. And then there’s James Harden.

The Sixers and the Nets are currently neck and neck for the top spot in the East, and it looks like this is how things are going to play out the rest of the way. We could be looking at a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup here.