Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (66-34) at Philadelphia 76ers (10-72)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +8.5 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers collide at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.
The Thunder will be looking for a fresh start after getting bounced out of the playoffs last year despite leading the Warriors by 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals and then losing their leading scorer in Kevin Durant to the same team. OKC fans may still be licking their wounds, but with a new season comes a new opportunity, and for the Thunder it will be Russell Westbrook who will lead from the front. Serge Ibaka was also traded away in the offseason for Victor Oladipo who came over from Orlando along with rookie forward Domantas Sabonis who will play limited minutes off the bench, so the future is bright for this team who finished last season with a 55-27 record.
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Meanwhile, the Sixers tanked their way to a 10-72 record last season which earned them the No. 1 draft pick which they used to draft Ben Simmons who injured himself during practice and is expected to be out until January. Jerryd Bayless will also be out for at least two weeks, Nerlens Noel is still recovering from surgery and will miss three to five weeks while Jahlil Okafor is dealing with soreness. On the bright side, Joel Embiid is set to make his return to the court after missing the last two seasons with foot injuries and there is a lot of intrigue about Dario Saric.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 against the NBA Atlantic and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games, while the Sixers are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 against the NBA Northwest and 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the Thunder are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Philadelphia but the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Thunder will probably experience a bit of a slow start to the season, but they really shouldn't have much of a problem kicking things off with a solid win against a Sixers team that still looks like the same team from last season, except with more talent on the bench. Take the Thunder to win by double digits behind a big night from Westbrook.