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Why Embiid thinks he should carry the 76ers’ offense (1:00)

76ers center Joel Embiid explains why he believes he should be the focal point of the team’s offense when the NBA restarts in Orlando. (1:00)

Jul 8, 2020
  • Kevin PeltonESPN Senior Writer

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    • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
    • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
    • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

Which teams could be dark horses in the 2020 NBA playoffs?

The unusual format for this year’s postseason — coming after a break of more than 4½ months caused by the coronavirus pandemic and with all games to be played without fans at a neutral site at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida — presents the possibility of more upsets than usual.

Which teams are poised to take advantage of the opportunity? Cue Katy Perry and Juicy J as we take a look at the possible dark horses.

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