Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 3:30 PM (EST)|
Wells Fargo Center
The Line: Philadelphia -2 -- Over/Under 235
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers duke it out at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a slump lately as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling short against the shorthanded Lakers in a 138-128 overtime loss at home on Thursday. Paul George led the team with 27 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, Russell Westbrook racked up 26 points with nine rebounds and 13 assists, Terrence Ferguson scored 21 points while Steven Adams chipped in with 17 points and 15 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot just 39 percent from the field and 22 of 54 from the 3-point line, but it was like no one could guard the Lakers’ Ivica Zubac who scored 26 points on 12 of 14 shooting while Westbrook shot just seven of 30 from the field. Still, the Thunder were able to force overtime on the back of a heads-up play from Westbrook, but then they went ice-cold in the overtime where they were outscored by 16-6. With the loss, OKC fell to 26-18 overall and 14-7 at home.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in great form lately as they’ve won seven of their last nine games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Pacers in a 120-96 road win on Thursday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 27 points and eight assists, Joel Embiid was a game-time decision but managed to play and finish with 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while JJ Redick chipped in with 20 points and five assists. As a team, the 76ers shot a healthy 52 percent from the field and 18 of 34 from the 3-point line and they did a great job of limiting the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo to just six of 20 shooting. The 76ers outscored the Pacers by 66-48 in the second half to cruise to victory and improve to 30-16 overall and 11-12 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 40-18-1 ATS in their last 59 against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the Thunder are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
The Thunder have been in a real funk lately and you have to point some of the blame on Westbrook who has been in a real shooting slump lately. The Thunder have now two consecutive games by double digits so they will be eager to snap out of it, but the 76ers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season and they looked great in their dominant road win at Indiana on Thursday. The Thunder are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings, but you just can’t back them in their current form, so I’m happy to take the 76ers at home with the line so low.