76ers vs. Thunder Sunday Prediction
The Philadelphia 76ers are laying three points as a road favorite on Sunday night in OKC, where they’ll visit the Thunder at 7:00 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 219.5, what’s the best play in this non-conference matchup?
541 Philadelphia 76ers (-3) at 542 Oklahoma City Thunder (+3); o/u 219.5
7:00 p.m. ET, Sunrday, January 17, 2021
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Philadelphia 76ers DFS Spin
Ben Simmons narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season, tallying 11 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and a block in Saturday's loss. Simmons said after the game, “Overall, I feel solid," in regards to his recent left knee issues. And he filled up the box score as usual, but on a night where Joel Embiid was absent, he shot just 3-of-9 from the field and air balled a wide open three down seven points with less than four minutes left in the game (video below). His scoring has dropped from 16.4 in 2020 to 12.4 this season, and we know he's a great defender, but his inability to shoot the ball is a tragedy for Sixers fans and fantasy managers alike. Philly really missed out on not getting James Harden.
Oklahoma City Thunder DFS Spin
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander erupted for a career-high 33 points in an overtime win on Friday, making 13-of-19 shots with 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal in 44 minutes of action. Chicago's defense had no answer for SGA, who fueled a furious comeback from 16 down with five minutes left in regulation. He's still not getting to the line a ton (4-of-4 tonight), but 9-cat managers appreciate his efficiency -- he's shooting 50.5% in January while averaging only 2.0 turnovers per game. He's flirted with triple-doubles a few times this season, and tonight's massive effort is a reminder why you drafted him in the early rounds -- he's a healthy 22-year-old with elite talent and the keys to a rebuilding team's offense. This is just the start.
76ers vs. Thunder Betting Prediction
The Sixers are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against the Thunder and are 1-4 against the number in their last five games in OKC. They’re also just 5-16-1 against the spread in their last 22 games as a road favorite, are 2-5 against the number in their last seven games overall and are 15-34-2 ATS in their last 51 road games. On the other side, the Thunder are 35-16 against the spread in last 51 games as an underdog and have covered 11 straight at the betting window when playing on Sunday.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER +3