The Philadelphia 76ers look to snap out of their mini-funk when they hit the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. Currently, in third place in the Eastern Conference standings, Philly has dropped two of three and four of its last seven games overall.
Oklahoma City is building for the future and comes into this contest riding a five-game losing streak. In 13th place in the loaded Western Conference, the Thunder have dropped eight of nine overall. The NBA Odds for this contest and all seven Saturday matchups, are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
TV: NBALP, Bally Sports OK, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: WWLS/WKY97.5 The Fanatic
Oklahoma City +11½
Sixers Look to Get Back to Winning
Unfortunately, Joel Embiid will likely miss this affair after falling in Friday’s 101-94 road loss against New Orleans.
Embiid had scored 59 points in two games since returning from injury but was limited to 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting against the Pelicans. Tobias Harris scored a team-high 23 points, but the Sixers had no answer for Zion Williamson, who went off for a game-high 37 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists.
“It was just a bad loss for us,” Harris said. “We never brought the physicality to the game. They got all the 50-50 basketballs and all the hustle plays. We came into the game just thinking we were going to outscore them.”
The loss dropped Philly to 1-2 over their last three games. The 76ers average 113.7 points per game (10th) on 47.6% shooting from the field (9th) and 36.8% from beyond the arc (13th). Defensively, Philadelphia limits the opposition to 108.9 points per game (7th) on 45.2% shooting from the field (4th) and 36.1% from 3-point distance (9th). The 76ers have gone 15-12 on the road.
Thunder Eyes the Future
The Thunder have dropped five straight and are dealing with some injuries to a handful of their key contributors. Oklahoma City comes into this matchup fresh off a 129-102 blowout loss at home against Cleveland on Thursday.
Ty Jerome led the Thunder with a career-high 23 points, but the Thunder were held scoreless for almost four minutes to start the second half and never recovered.
“They obviously came out at halftime ready to go, way more so than us,” Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said. “That’s when they opened the game up … and they sustained it and built on it as the game went on. I thought they just kind of wore us down.”
Oklahoma City averages 105.7 points per game (27th) on 44.5% shooting from the field (26th) and 34.8% from beyond the arc (25th). Defensively, the Thunder allow 113.8 points per game (22nd) on 46.9% shooting from the field (20th) and 35.5% from 3-point distance (7th). Oklahoma City has gone 9-18 at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season.
Philadelphia might be without Embiid but the 76ers are the easy pick to get the win and ATS cover as a double-digit road favorite if you ask me. The 76ers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. Conversely, the Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Philadelphia still has a pair of All-Star caliber players in Harris and Ben Simmons and both should be able to have their way against the inexperienced Thunder.
The nearly 12-point spread might look daunting, but I’ve got Philly covering with room to spare after watching Oklahoma City get blown out of the water by the inept Cavaliers the last time out.