Check out our free Thunder vs 76ers pick and preview for this NBA game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Thunder vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds PHI -10, OKC +375 | PHI -494 O/U 231.5
So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 18-23, while going 25-16-0 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Oklahoma City has an overall record of 2-1, including going 3-0 against the spread.
The Thunder will be looking to bounce back from a 112-111 loss to the Heat. In terms of betting, Oklahoma City entered as 2 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Oklahoma City was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Heat by 1 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-15. So far, the team has gone 23-16-1 against the spread. The 76ers entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 21.5 points per game.
In their previous game, the 76ers took down the Pistons by a score of 147-116. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 14 point favorites. Philadelphia was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Pistons to cut into their 22 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Joel Embiid, as he contributed 36 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Thunder saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the 76ers, averaging 95.0 points per game. While the Thunder struggled on offense in the series, the 76ers maintained their usual level of scoring at 107.5 vs Oklahoma City. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the 76ers. In these matchups, Philadelphia has averaged 113 points per game, while allowing 93. Over the course of these games, they averaged 206 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 9th ranked unit in the NBA, at 116.3 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Thunder are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.4 possessions per game. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the league in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 4th in the league in made field goals per game.
Against the 76ers, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 37 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 5th in the NBA at 30.8 points per game. So far, him and Dort have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.3 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 2.3 assists.
For the season, the 76ers offensive unit is ranked just 16th in scoring at 113.7 points per contest. The 76ers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.7 made 3’s per game. Philadelphia is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 11th in fewest turnovers per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the 76ers are giving up an average of 107.33 points per game, good for 8th in the NBA.
Center Joel Embiid currently leads the 76ers at 33.6 points per game. For the season, he is 3rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Embiid is averaging 9.9 boards and 4.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 22nd ranked defense at defending centers. Tobias Harris enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 16.4 and is 142nd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Thunder vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Thunder +10
- Free Total Prediction: Over 231.5