Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 1/12/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+9)
The Oklahoma City Thunder are hitting the road to Wells Fargo Center on Thursday where they will go up against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia opens this contest as 9-point favorites from oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 230.
The Thunder played the Heat and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-111 in their last contest. Oklahoma City ended having earned a 48.4% FG percentage (44 of 91) and made 9 out of their 35 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Thunder made 14 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to rebounding, they collected 44 with 14 of them being offensive. They also doled out 27 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In terms of defending, Oklahoma City allowed their opponent to shoot 39.2% from the floor on 31 of 79 shooting. Miami distributed 18 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Miami pulled down 41 rebounds (13 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Miami finished shooting 100.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 40 of 40 shots. They made 10 of their 33 tries from beyond the arc. With respect to personal fouls, the Thunder ended up walking away with 27 and the Heat totaled 19 personal fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one guy who came through for the contest. Gilgeous-Alexander ended up going 50.0% from the floor and recorded 4 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 39 mins played and also grabbed 4 boards. He ended up with 26 points on 9 out of 18 shooting.
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Oklahoma City heads into this contest with a mark of 18-23 this season. They currently have an average of 116.3 points per contest (9th in basketball) while connecting on 46.4% from the floor. The Thunder are connecting on 35.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (491 of 1,384) and 78.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling down 44.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 996 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 17th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 14.1 times per game and as a group they are committing 22.0 personal fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 16.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.9 fouls. They are ranked 12th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,016 surrendered on the campaign. The Thunder defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.6% (1,708 of 3,667) and they relinquish 47.6 rebounds per game as a team. They concede 35.9% from 3-point land while they are 23rd in basketball in opponents PPG (116.6).
In their last game, the 76ers went home victorious with a score of 147-116 when they faced the Pistons. The 76ers pulled down 45 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 55 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 18 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. The Pistons earned 22 personal fouls in the game which took the 76ers to the free throw line for a total of 30 attempts. They were able to bury 28 of the free throws for a percentage of 93.3%. Concerning 3-point shots, Philadelphia converted 11 of 31 tries (35.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the 76ers shot 54 out of 89 from the floor which had them at 60.7%. The 76ers permitted the Pistons to knock down 36 of 89 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 40.4% in this game. They shot 35.9% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 14 of 39 and ended up shooting 30 of 36 at the charity stripe (83.3%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Philadelphia allowed Detroit to collect 26 in total (3 offensive).
Joel Embiid ended up having an impact for the 76ers for the matchup. He made 12 of 20 for the matchup for a rate of 60.0%, and had 11 rebounds. Embiid accumulated 36 points in his 24 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist for this contest.
Philadelphia has a record of 25-15 so far this season. As an offense, the 76ers are connecting on 48.0% from the field, which has them ranked 9th in the league. Philadelphia has earned 4,548 points on the campaign (113.7 per contest) and they collect 40.9 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 24.9 times per game (16th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per game. The 76ers commit 20.6 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 82.3% from the charity stripe.
The Philadelphia defense gives up 34.2% on 3-point shots (450 of 1,314) and their opponents are making 77.7% of their foul shots. They have allowed 24.0 dimes and 42.9 total rebounds per game, which is 9th and 9th in basketball. The 76ers defensively are ranked 3rd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 109.4. They are forcing 15.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-9)
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