In this high caliber duel between two of the top-4 squads of each conference, the 3rd in the West Oklahoma City Thunder (38-22), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the fourth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (39-22), who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 02-28-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 38-22 record (33-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 112-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.9 ppg, adding 8 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 22.1 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 11.3 and in dimes made with 11.1 per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 39-22 record (28-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 111-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Tobias Harrris with 19 ppg and 7.8 boards per game, while Jimmy Butler adds 18.7 ppg and 5 boards.
Thunder have won both previous meetings against the Sixers earlier this season (at home by 10 points and on the road by two). Thunder have a 21-8 home record, while the Sixers are 15-14 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.5 ppg to Thunder’s 113.4, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing 108.9 ppg to Sixers’ 112.1. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47.3% to 45.5%) and in 3-pointers (36% to 33.1%). They are also better in dimes made (27.5 to 22.8), while Thunder are better both in boards grabbed (48.2 to 47.6) and in turnovers committed (14.1 to 15.4). Thunder are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds in this one.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 (-110)
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