Philadelphia 76ers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 4/10/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-5.5)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the site where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-32) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (35-16) on Saturday. The line on this game has Philadelphia as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 227.
The Philadelphia 76ers stepped onto the hardwood against the Boston Celtics and took home the win by a score of 106-96 in their last game. Philadelphia ended the game with a 46.6% FG percentage (34 out of 73) and converted 9 out of their 24 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the 76ers converted 29 of 39 shots for a rate of 74.4%. With regard to hauling in boards, they compiled 38 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in the game as well as forcing the other team into 20 turnovers and having 11 steals. When it comes to defense, Philadelphia allowed the other team to shoot 47.1% from the floor on 33 out of 70 shooting. Boston distributed 19 assists and had 5 steals for the game. In addition, Boston grabbed 32 rebounds (3 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Boston finished the game shooting 88.9% from the free throw line by converting 16 of their 18 shots. They made 14 out of their 34 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Joel Embiid is someone who was a factor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 35 points on 9 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 32:48 minutes played and also snagged 6 boards. Embiid ended up going 47.4% from the floor and also earned 1 assist. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the 76ers was Danny Green. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 24:04 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the contest at 85.7% from the field in the matchup by hitting 6-of-7 (17 points). When all was said and done, Green earned 1 assist.
Philadelphia steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 35-16 so far this season. They are averaging 114.0 points per game (10th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.7% from the field. The 76ers are connecting on 36.8% on shots from beyond the arc (554 of 1,504) and 77.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Philadelphia is pulling in 46.0 boards per contest and has 1,185 assists for the season, which is 24th in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.1 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 20.5 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the 76ers are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 21.3 personal fouls. They give up 36.3% on three-point shots and they rank 7th in the NBA in opponents PPG (109.0). The 76ers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.2% (779 of 1,087) and they concede 42.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 6th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,200 relinquished this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a defeat with a final score of 129-102 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Thunder were able to corral 33 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while getting 5 steals for the game. The Cavaliers earned 12 fouls in this contest which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to convert 9 of the free throw tries for a clip of 69.2%. With respect to shots from distance, Oklahoma City knocked down 13 of their 32 tries (40.6%). When all was said and done, the Thunder finished the game shooting 40 out of 89 from the floor which had them sitting at 44.9%. The Thunder allowed the Cavaliers to convert 48 out of their 94 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.1% in this matchup. They went 35.1% from behind the 3-point line via 13 of 37 and ended up going 20 of 24 at the free throw line (83.3%). When talking about rebounds, Oklahoma City allowed Cleveland to snag 44 in all (9 offensive).
Theo Maledon pitched in for the Thunder for the game. He buried 6 out of 17 in this contest for a rate of 35.3%, and had 2 rebounds. Maledon scored 14 points in his 30:08 mins on the hardwood and had 4 dimes for the contest. Someone else that was pivotal for Oklahoma City was Moses Brown. He wrapped the game up with no assists in 31:09 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 out of 10 from the floor. Brown ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field while also totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss record of 20-32 on the season. Oklahoma City has earned 5,494 points so far this season (105.7 per game) and they snag 44.9 rebounds per game. The Thunder commit 17.7 fouls per contest and they hit 73.8% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Thunder are hitting on 44.5% from the floor, which ranks 26th in the NBA. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.6 times per contest (26th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.4 times per game. The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 23rd in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 113.8. They allow 25.1 dimes and 47.2 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 19th and 27th in the NBA. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 35.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (677 of 1,906) and opponents are connecting on 76.8% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-5.5)
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