Free NBA Pick: Thunder vs 76ers Lines
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(0-0) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers (0-0)
Date: Wednesday October 26
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder -8.5
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total: 208
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A Wednesday evening inter-conference showdown kicks off the 16′-17′ campaign for the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder and host Philadelphia 76ers.
Amid collective summer tales of seismic personnel shift and star-crossed fate, one team will build imperative momentum via season-opening victory.
Following a 10-72 campaign, Philadelphia is again reeling in the wake of another young star’s untimely injury. Sunday, league sources reported that third-year defensive standout Nerlens Noel will miss 3-5 weeks pending surgery for minor knee complications.
Noel’s misfortune immediately precedes Philadelphia’s loss of #1 overall pick Ben Simmons. The celebrated rookie has an indefinite recovery timetable after suffering a right foot fracture.
Though the Sixers’ setbacks are notable; Oklahoma City’s off-season travails are even greater. After falling one win shy of a second NBA Finals appearance, OKC lost franchise cornerstone Kevin Durant to bitter rival Golden State.
Oklahoma City Thunder
While Oklahoma City embarks upon the post-Durant era Wednesday evening; prescient team GM Sam Presti yielded a considerable draft-night return for Serge Ibaka.
In trading the shot-blocking stalwart, Oklahoma City received a talented trio of roster additions.
The deals’ centerpiece is shooting guard Victor Oladipo. Joining Oladipo in OKC are NBA-starter Ersan Ilyasova and promising rookie Domantas Sabonis.
How quickly this infusion gels with superstar Russell Westbrook will weigh heavily into determining the new-look Thunder’s fate.
In the long-term, Oklahoma City’s season will go only so far as perennial MVP candidate Westbrook takes them. However, against Philadelphia, a measured team performance is needed.
To be successful, both Steven Adams and Enes Kanter must function well vs. the 76ers’ front line.
Though improved in the backcourt, Philadelphia’s frontcourt performance is vital to their competitive hopes.
Once facing a glut of pivot bodies, recent injuries have thinned this unit’s main corps to Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric.
While OKC’s explosive starting guards will likely outperform Sergio Rodriguez and Gerald Henderson, the rim-protection, rebounding, and pick-and-roll efficiency of Philly’s bigs is paramount.
Both team’s benches are scarce.
Therefore, this game will be decided by a short rotation of players. Philadelphia will enjoy a floor-spacing advantage, but that advantage only produces victory if the team’s paint patrol frustrates the unyielding rim-onslaught of Westbrook and Oladipo.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Philadelphia finished with an NBA worst 10-72 record last season.
- Philadelphia has a 47-199 SU record over the past three seasons.
- Oklahoma City’s SU 2016 playoff record was 11-6
- OKC is 10-0 SU in the team’s last ten contest vs. Philadelphia
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76’ers NBA Prediction:
As mentioned throughout this piece, Philadelphia’s advantage of frontcourt depth is compromised due to injury. For Oklahoma City, depth and three-point shooting concerns come into play.
Even so, the 76ers won just ten games last season. Meanwhile, the Thunder enjoyed a post-season renaissance.
Each team is not without glaring issues, however, in a competitive contest, each teams’ learned culture of failure (Philadelphia) or success (OKC) will become essential.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS & Small lean UNDER
Due to interior grit and the strong play of Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City will prevail late.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 103 – Philadelphia 98
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