The Philadelphia 76ers (10-5) will meet the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-4) in a matchup of two of the better teams in the league to start the season. The 76ers have lost their last two games, while the Thunder are on a six-game winning streak and find themselves tied for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Reigning league MVP Joel Embiid is probable after missing the last game with a hip injury. Jalen Williams remains out for Oklahoma City with a hip injury of his own.
The 76ers are 1.5-point favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 229. Philadelphia is -120 on the moneyline, while Oklahoma City is +100.
76ers vs. Thunder, 5 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Thunder +1.5
The 76ers are 3-1 ATS as a road favorite, while the Thunder are 6-1 ATS as an underdog this season. Embiid coming back healthy does make a difference, especially with the absence of Williams down low for Oklahoma City. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander should keep up his great play to start the year, and it’ll be fun to see him match up with Tyrese Maxey. These teams are close, but I’ll give the edge to the squad which has won six in a row. Take the Thunder to get the job done at home.
Over/Under: Over 229
These are two of the top scoring teams in the league. The Thunder rank fifth in points per game, while the 76ers are right behind them at sixth. They aren’t too shabby defensively either, with Oklahoma City ranking fifth in defensive rating and Philadelphia checking in at 11th. I’ll back both offenses to keep things humming to push this game over the total.