Two teams from opposing conferences with almost identical records and both struggling lately are clashing today, when the Philadelphia 76ers (14-13), are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (13-14), with both teams looking to turn their latest victories into a streak.
Date/Time: 12-15-2017, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -0.5
Sixers have a 14-13 record (16-10-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning on the road against Minnesota in overtime with a 118-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.7 ppg, adding a team high 11.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by Ben Simmons with 17.5 ppg, adding 8.9 rebounds and a team high 7.7 assists per game.
Thunder have a 13-14 record (9-18-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the West. They have won five of their last seven matches and in their last game they won on the road against Indiana with a 100-95 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 22.6 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.4 and in assists made, with 9.9 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 20.3 ppg and 5.6 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 17.7 ppg and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Thunder won both games against the Sixers last season (by 25 points at home and by 6 on the road). Sixers are 7-6 at home so far this season, while Thunder are 4-9 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 108.6 ppg to Thunder’s 101.7, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing a third-best 99.4 ppg to Sixers’ 108.9. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 45.8% to Thunder’s second-worse of 43.5% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.8% to Thunder’s 34.2%. Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 48.8 to Thunder’s 43.7 and they are third-best in assists made, with 26.1 to Thunder’s 20.7. Thunder have been inefficient on the road so far this season and Vegas odds give Sixers a -0.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -0.5 (-118)
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