Philadelphia 76ers at Oklahoma City Thunder
|Date & Time||Thursday February 28, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Chesapeake Energy Arena
The Line: Oklahoma City -8 -- Over/Under 239
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in great form as they’ve won five of their last seven games and they will be looking to stay hot after sneaking past the Pelicans in a 111-110 road win on Monday. Tobias Harris led the team with 29 points and 10 rebounds, JJ Redick added 16 points on five of 16 shooting while Ben Simmons chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the 76ers shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they escaped with the smallest of victories after nearly squandering a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Joel Embiid sat out his third straight game with knee soreness, while Boban Marjanovic chipped in with 12 points in 20 minutes off the bench before leaving the game with a knee injury. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 39-22 overall which is currently good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won 12 of their last 16 games but they’ve cooled off lately with three losses in their last four games after falling to the Nuggets in a 121-112 road loss on Tuesday. Paul George led the team in scoring with 25 points, eight rebounds, seven rebounds and six steals but he shot just seven of 24 from the field. Russell Westbrook added 22 points with 14 rebounds and nine assists while Jerami Grant chipped in with 21 points on nine of 12 shooting. As a team, the Thunder shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 38 from the 3-point line, but it was their defense that got them back into the game after falling behind by as many as 18 points. With the loss, Oklahoma City fell to 38-22 overall which is good for third place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win, 5-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference, 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on one days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings, the 76ers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Oklahoma City and the 76ers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.
Joel Embiid is set to miss his fourth straight game with knee soreness along with backup center Boban Marjanovic, so the 76ers will be a little shorthanded at the center position. The Thunder should have the advantage in the middle, but they’ve cooled off a bit lately, especially from the 3-point line so I’m not comfortable laying this many points. With that being said, I think the Thunder get the win here but only just as the 76ers finish with the cover.