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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2)
Date: Sunday, October 24th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers OFF | Thunder OFF (Bet Now!) (moneyline is off as of posting)
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
Sunday, October 24th finds the Philadelphia 76ers facing the. Oklahoma City Thunder for the first of two matches this season.
Last season, the squads played twice with the 76ers taking both contests. The Thunder holds the all-time record having bested the 76ers 71 of their 139 matches.
The Sixers are even through two games and came very close to taking the second match versus the Nets. They led the majority of the game but couldn’t withstand the Nets’ big two of Kevin Durant and James Harden in the closing frame.
Despite an impressive stat line of 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and four blocks Joel Embiid stated he probably shouldn’t have played given his sore knee.
Tobias Harris and Seth Curry led the scoring attack each scoring 23 points while Tyrese Maxey chipped in 15 points and Furkan Korkmaz offered 10 points off the bench.
The Sixers won’t have Ben Simmons who is stating he’s not “mentally ready” to play. The team is rallying behind their star point guard but it will no doubt add more drama to the current situation in Philly.
There could be a number of Sixers out for this match with Embiid likely taking this one off given his sore knee. Others who could also be out are Andre Drummond who is nursing a sore ankle. If both Embiid and Drummond are out it’ll make the 76ers thin upfront.
Shake Milton (ankle) is also questionable while Grant Riller (knee) is out indefinitely.
Oklahoma City Thunder
After two losses the Thunder are right on track to meet their objective of tanking this season in order to nab the top draft pick in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft.
While the team lost both games they are looking to develop their young talent. One concern is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is struggling to find his shooting rhythm.
After posting incredible efficiency at all three levels of the floor last season the added defensive attention is making his life far more difficult this season.
In the Thunder opener versus the Jazz, he shot 7 of 17 from the field and 1 of 7 from deep for 18 points, and against the Rockets he shot 6 of 15 and 1 of 6 from deep for 13 points.
Rookie Josh Giddey is integrating well and filling up the box sheet but isn’t expected to be the player who leads scoring for the Thunder. And that is where OKC will struggle the most — offensively.
Against the Jazz three players reached double-digits and versus the Rockets four reached that benchmark but three were reserve players mostly gaining the scoring during garbage time.
Unlike most of their opponents the OKC Thunder boast a fully healthy roster with everyone available for this home-opening match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Thunder are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The Thunder are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 4-5-1 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Sixers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone under in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games.
- Oklahoma City is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games.
- Oklahoma City is 1-11 SU in their last 12 games.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Much will depend on whether both Embiid and Drummond are sidelined. Even without them they are fortunate to face a team who isn’t that big upfront themselves and are keen to pile up losses in their tanking effort.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +8.5
My prediction is based on both Embiid and Drummond being sidelined. If either big man plays I’d switch to the 76ers covering the spread.
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