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Joel Embiid says Sixers have ‘a pretty good chance at a title this year’

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Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid says the Sixers have a talented roster and a good chance at winning the championship this season.

The Sixers enter the All-Star break at 37-21, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The franchise has made two big trades this season, acquiring All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November, and swingman Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline.

Philly now has a lethal starting five of Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Butler, Harris, and Embiid.

Embiid is putting up monster numbers this season and the Sixers are going to go as far as he can take them.

The now two-time All-Star is averaging 27.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The Sixers, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are considered the four teams with the best chance to win the Eastern Conference and contend with the Golden State Warriors for the NBA championship. Philly has already defeated the Warriors once this season and that was at Oracle Arena.

Once Simmons, Redick, Butler, Harris and Embiid get comfortable playing with each other, they are going to be a problem for a lot of teams to deal with.