76ers vs. Thunder - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (5-13) at Philadelphia 76ers (1-17)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +12 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, CSN, NBATV
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers play Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last four games and are as healthy as they’ve been all year. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 91.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting and are allowing 94.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Kevin Durant leads the Thunder with 27 points on 50 percent shooting and Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.3 points and 6.3 assists. Reggie Jackson is shooting 42 percent from the field and Serge Ibaka leads OKC with 7.6 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the top defensive teams in the league all season and are holding teams to 41.5 percent shooting in their last five games. Now, with Durant back, the Thunder are a complete offensive team and will begin their playoff push starting with this game.
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The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off their first win of the season and hope to keep things rolling. On the season, the 76ers are averaging 91.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 16 points and 6.1 assists while Alexey Shved is averaging 10.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting. K.J. McDaniels has 43 points in his last three games and Nerlens Noel has five blocks in his last five games. The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t getting the results they’d like, but they’re playing hard and improving defensively, as they’re allowing 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 28.2 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. Shved is questionable for this game with a hip injury.
The Thunder are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Thunder are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Thunder are only going to improve with Durant on the court, but the 76ers have been doing a solid job of covering these double-digit spreads, especially at home. The Thunder should win but give me Philly to keep it closer than expected.