The Philadelphia 76ers have not made the NBA playoffs since the 2012 strike shortened NBA betting online season. During this time in the wilderness the 76ers wasted valuable time and resources on such frivolity as analytics. But in April of 2016 the 76ers got religion and hired an actual basketball man in Bryan Colangelo to run the team.
NBA Betting Online Progress quickly followed and now Philadelphia is on the playoff bubble. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking like a solid Western Conference playoff contender. The Thunder host the 76ers on Sunday on ESPN.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date and Time: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6 p.m. Eastern
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
76ers vs. Thunder TV Coverage: ESPN
There have been few better NBA betting online values than the Philadelphia 76ers as of late. The 76ers have covered the spread in eight out of their last ten games with six out of their last nine games going over the total. Philly has a record of 23-21 straight up and 25-18-1 against the spread. The Sixers have brought solid board value in road games with just nine losses against the spread out of 22 away tilts. Philadelphia has gone over the total in 13 out of 22 away games. Joel Embiid leads the Sixers with 23.7 points per game. He had 22 points in the Sixers last game, which was a 115-101 home payout against the Chicago Bulls. Offense is the strength of the 76ers, who rank seventh in the NBA for scoring. Over bettors have cashed in six times in Philly’s last nine games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder use an opposite approach to the Sixers in that defense is their area of expertise and excellence. The Thunder rank third best in the NBA for points allowed. OKC is 27-20 straight up and 19-28 against the spread. They have failed to cover the spread in five out of their last eight games. The Thunder have lost 14 out of 24 home games against the spread with 14 of those tilts going under the total. Russell Westbrook is the man that makes the Thunder go. The point guard leads OKC with 24.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, and ten assists per game.
Team vs Team
The Thunder have had the Online sportsbook advantage over the 76ers. Oklahoma City has covered the spread in nine out of their last 13 games with Philadelphia. Just two out of the last ten meetings between the Thunder and 76ers have gone over the total. The Thunder have covered six out of their last eight games at home against the 76ers. Philadelphia and the Thunder have gone over the total in just one out of their last five games at OKC.
Matchup to Watch
This is a NBA Betting Online matchup of opposites. The 76ers emphasize offense at the cost of defense. The Thunder win with defense to cover for a weak offense. Home court and the Oklahoma City defense are the keys in this one.
76ers vs. Thunder NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Based on their strong head to head numbers against the 76ers, Oklahoma City is the call. OKC also has a big edge at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Sixers, not to mention the superior defense.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Thunder 102, 76ers 89