Sports fans love it when there is some level of parity in the sport that they follow, as that generally means that the majority of the games that they watch are going to be close. Even when that parity exists, there are still a few teams that sit way back of the level that everyone else is trying so hard to achieve. There are a few of those types of teams in the NBA, and it has to be said that the Philadelphia 76ers are right in that group. This is a team that really hasn’t shown any sort of signs of improvement, and they are going to be in line to land one of the top players in the upcoming NBA draft. How willing they are to tank the rest of this season to get that pick remains to be seen, but what we do know is that they are likely to be in for a very rough time of it when the Oklahoma City Thunder roll into town on Friday night. Full odds for this east vs west NBA betting bout can be found at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Oklahoma City Vs Philadelphia NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, March 18 at 7 PM EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
TV: FSOK and CSN
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder
It looked for a moment as though the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-22) were about to go through an extended sticky patch, but their last 2 games suggest that they may have broken out of that in a big, big way. They have now won back to back games, and have done so with an average winning margin of 23.5 points. The 76ers must be looking at those performances and fearing the worst for Friday night. The Thunder already have a win over the 76ers this season, although not as huge as those previous 2 games, and have also beaten them on the last 13 times they have matched up. Yes, this one is a total mismatch. OKC are averaging 110.1 PPG, and are giving up 103.0 PPG.
Why bet on the Philadelphia 76ers
What can you say about a team that has managed only 1 win in its last 16 games? The 76ers (9-59) seem to be determined to win that draft pick lottery, as they are not really putting up much of a fight in any of the games they are playing this season. They have just 6 wins on home court all season long, and therefore have no advantage there, and they have only managed a single win against a team with a winning record. None of that gives you any hope that they might spring the upset here, and the only thing that would make them a worthwhile bet is if you believed that they could somehow cover the spread. The 76ers are averaging 97.1 PPG, and are giving up 107.7 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Not really a surprise to see that I am taking the Thunder here, but it is the margin of victory that is likely to be important to betting. I am taking OKC to win by 19.
Oklahoma City Thunder 117 Philadelphia 76ers 98