The Oklahoma City Thunder play the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night and if you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We’ll give you the latest point spread, moneyline odds and over-under number, as well as the information you’ll need to make the smartest bet on BetMGM.
The game tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on Bally Sports Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City has been the worst team in the league over the last five games, losing by almost 30 points per contest, and they have to face one of the best teams in the league. However, star center Joel Embiid is questionable for Philadelphia, which would make this game more manageable if he can’t go.
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The lines, courtesy of BetMGM
Point spread: Thunder +11
Moneyline: Thunder +425 / Sixers -590
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How to watch: Thunder vs. Sixers
Advice and prediction
I have spent the last few months largely optimistic about the Thunder's ability to compete and make a game close, though not necessarily to win. I've moved past that point. Why to bet against the Thunder With the worst point differential over a five-game stretch since the 1993-94 76ers, Oklahoma City hasn't done anything to show they can compete with this Philadelphia group. Even if Embiid is out, that's no promise of a win; over the second half of the season, the Sixers are 8-4 without their star center. They've largely beaten the average to bad teams and lost to the good teams. The Thunder fall under that first category. Additionally, the Sixers is coming off a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in which they only scored 94 points. Expect them to play better, especially against a defense as poor as OKC's has been since Lu Dort's injury. Why to bet against the Sixers Should Embiid be out, Thunder bigs like Moses Brown and former 76ers center Tony Brown should be able to maneuver around the Sixers bigs better. Embiid is, obviously, a crucial part of Philadelphia's defense -- he helps both inside and on the perimeter -- and the Thunder have shot about 40% from 3 over the last two games. Knock down a couple, get into the lane, and OKC could find room to operate. With Philadelphia averaging just 106 points over the last seven games, the Thunder might not need a crazy offensive outing. Additionally, though Lu Dort is listed as out, he has now been in concussion protocol for two weeks and may be due for a return soon (Thunder fans should read this as very optimistically, as the team hasn't said anything about him). Those two weeks are, not coincidentally, when OKC plummeted. A return from him would spell better play. There isn't a whole lot of reason to bet on the Thunder beyond gut feel that there's no way they lose out the rest of the season. Oklahoma City has tended to play up to its competition this year before the most recent stretch of games. I'd go with the Sixers. They're a good team even without Embiid, should he not suit up. Betting on the over feels safe, given as the Thunder have allowed an average of 125 points and scored 103 since the injury to Dort, but the Sixers over that stretch have averaged just 106 points. If Embiid doesn't go, they may not hit it.