NBA Preview and Free Pick: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s a six-game slate for the NBA tonight with a matchup of two squads battling for playoff
positioning in their respective conferences receiving top billing. The Philadelphia 76ers will be on
the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder with the hosts installed as pretty healthy favorites.
Date/Time/TV: Thur. Feb.28, 8:00 PM EST, TNT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -8 (-110)
The 76ers were last in action in New Orleans on Monday, taking down the Pelicans by a score of
111-110. That was a bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing 15-point home loss to the Portland
Trail Blazers. Philadelphia has a record of 39-22 (28-33 ATS) on the year.
The Thunder enter tonight’s game looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The team lost at home
to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday by a score of 119-116, and followed that up with a 9-point road
loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. For the season, Oklahoma City is 38-22 (33-27 ATS).
Philadelphia is 6-4 (4-6 ATS) over its last 10. The team is currently in 4th place in the Eastern
Conference, eight games behind the 1st place Milwaukee Bucks. The 76ers have been average on the
road thus far with a mark of 15-14 (12-17 ATS), but they have picked up victories in their last two
Team totals are in the middle at 32-29 with the Under coming in for seven of the last 10. Leading
scorer and rebounder Joel Embiid has been out with a knee issue. Tobias Harris is averaging 20.4 ppg
and 7.4 boards, while Jimmy Butler contributes 18.5 ppg and 3.9 dimes.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City is in 3rd place in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind the conference leading
Golden State Warriors and a half-game in front of 4th place Portland. The team is 6-4 (4-6 ATS) over
its last 10 with three of the four losses coming in the team’s last four outings. The Thunder are 21-8
(16-13 ATS) at home to date.
Team totals have been Under for five of the last seven but skew towards the middle at 31-29 on the
year. Russell Westbrook is the engine that makes the Thunder go. He’s averaging 22.5 ppg, 11.3 rpg,
and 109 dimes. Paul George tops the team in scoring with 28.6 ppg and 8.1 boards.
76ers vs. Thunder Prediction
These teams last hooked up on January 19 on Philadelphia’s home floor. The Thunder picked up a
117-115 victory as 3.5-point underdogs. Oklahoma City has absolutely dominated recent meetings
with a perfect 10-0 mark. Totals are just 3-7 over that span.
The hosts are installed as 8-point favorites tonight. They may be able to pick up the win to continue
their dominance over Philadelphia, but the spread seems a little hefty versus one of the east’s top
teams. We’ll take the visitors to keep it close and cover.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +8 (-110)