Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (46-22) at Philadelphia 76ers (9-58)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
The Thunder haven't quite been at their best over the last month or so, but a couple of massive wins in succession has their season back on the right track and they'll look to keep it going after Wednesday's 130-109 win over the Celtics. Kevin Durant led the scoring with 28 points, seven rebounds and nine assists while Russell Westbrook added 24 points as the Thunder were in complete control for most of the night, especially on the defensive end where they held the red-hot Celtics to just 43 percent shooting from the field. Oklahoma City is now 46-22 on the season which is currently good enough for third place in the Western Conference, 4.5 games clear of Los Angeles.
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Meanwhile, the 76ers have lost 16 of their last 17 games are in danger of losing a fourth straight following Tuesday's 131-114 loss at Brooklyn. Isaiah Canaan led the scoring with 20 points while Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas all chipped in with 18 points each, but the 76ers were always running uphill after falling behind by 32-15 at the end of the first quarter. Defensively, the 76ers have been a poor team all season, but they fell to new lows on Tuesday when the Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic poured in a career-high 44 points on 17 fo 27 shooting. With the loss, Philadelphia remains at the bottom of the league standings with a record of 9-58 overall.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, while the 76ers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings overalll and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Philadelphia.
The Thunder need to start building momentum heading into the playoffs so there really is no reason why they shouldn't roll into town and just dominate from start to finish. Take Oklahoma City to cruise to an easy victory here.