Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 4/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+9.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (39-21) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-40) at Wells Fargo Center on Monday. The line on this game has Philadelphia as 9.5-point favorites. The total opens at 227.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder played the Washington Wizards and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 129-109 in their last game. Oklahoma City wrapped up the game having earned a 41.9% field goal percentage (39 of 93) and converted 10 out of their 33 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Thunder converted 21 of 25 tries for a rate of 84.0%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they compiled 40 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 18 assists for this contest as well as creating 20 turnovers and getting 12 steals. When it comes to the defense, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 51.6% from the floor on 48 of 93 shooting. Washington earned 25 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Additionally, Washington pulled down 50 rebounds (12 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 7 blocked shots. Washington walked away from this one shooting 93.8% from the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 16 tries. They buried 18 of their 32 attempts from 3-point range.
Darius Bazley is a guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He scored 20 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He played for 32:21 minutes played and also collected 6 rebounds. Bazley went 50.0% from the floor but finished the game without a dime. Someone else that had an impact in the matchup for the Thunder was Theo Maledon. He had 2 rebounds in his 31:06 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 45.5% from the floor in the matchup by going 5-of-11 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Maledon accounted for 8 assists.
Oklahoma City heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 20-40 on the year. They turn the ball over 16.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 18.2 fouls every game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is snagging 45.5 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,337 assists on the campaign, which is 26th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are shooting 34.6% on three-point attempts (742 of 2,145) and 73.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 105.6 points per game (28th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.4% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 22nd in the league in allowing assists with 1,524 surrendered this season. The Thunder defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.9% (777 of 1,102) and they surrender 47.2 rebounds per contest as a group. They surrender 36.1% from beyond the arc while they are 24th in the NBA in PPG allowed (114.7).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Philadelphia 76ers took a loss by a score of 132-94 when they played the Milwaukee Bucks. The 76ers corralled 31 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 for this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while earning 11 steals in the game. The Bucks were called for 28 personal fouls in the matchup which took the 76ers to the free throw line for a total of 34 tries. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 73.5%. With respect to shots from downtown, Philadelphia made 7 out of their 31 tries (22.6%). When the final whistle blew, the 76ers ended up shooting 31 for 82 from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.8%. The 76ers allowed the Bucks to make 49 of 95 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 51.6% in this matchup. They finished 45.0% from downtown by shooting 18 out of 40 and finished the game at 16 of 24 from the free throw line (66.7%). With respect to rebounding, Philadelphia allowed Milwaukee to snag 55 in total (16 offensive).
Seth Curry was important for the 76ers for the game. He made 5 out of 11 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 45.5%, and added 3 rebounds. Curry tallied 13 points in his 25:02 mins of playing time and accumulated 1 assist for this game. One more player that was pivotal for Philadelphia was Tobias Harris. He finished with 2 assists in his 25:52 mins on the court, and he converted 4 of 10 from the floor. Harris ended up shooting 40.0% from the field while also notching 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Philadelphia has a win-loss record of 39-21 on the campaign. The 76ers commit 20.4 fouls per game and they connect on 76.4% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.2 times per game (24th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.8 times per game. Philadelphia has totaled 6,789 points for the season (113.2 per game) and they pull in 45.3 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the 76ers are connecting on 47.4% from the field, which ranks 9th in basketball. The 76ers on defense are ranked 7th in the league in points allowed per game with 109.2. They have conceded 23.6 assists and 42.6 rebounds per contest, which is 6th and 8th in the NBA. The Philadelphia defense concedes 36.6% on 3-point shots (727 of 1,987) and opponents are making 76.1% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.6% from the floor (6th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+9.5)
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