OKC Thunder (27-7, 12-6 road) at Philadelphia 76ers (20-14, 13-6 home)
Where: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
When: 6:00 p.m.
TV: FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)
Online Stream: Here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the Enemy: Here.
Well, we’re back to business. The Thunder travel to Philadelphia where for the first half of the season, it’s been a tough venue to win in. Toward the All-Star break, the 76ers have been slumping, just 3-7 in last 10 games, they’re still a solid ball club.
The 76ers are a deep team. They have 10 players averaging 17 or more minutes per game. Comparing that to Oklahoma City, Philadelphia plays 2 more based on the same minutes per game. Yeah, Oklahoma City goes 10 deep, but the Sixers 10 stay on the floor together more.
Andre Iguodala leads Philadelphia. He played in the All-Star game. He’s a solid defender and a consistent offensive threat. What’s scary about Philadelphia is that their best scorer comes off the bench. Lou Williams is that guy. He’s averaging 15.6 points per game. He’s also being talked about for the sixth man of the year award. Philadelphia’s depth extends on the scoreboard. They have six players averaging 10 points per game.
The Thunder are riding a five game win streak and has a three game lead on the rest of the Western Conference. They’re tied for the best record in the NBA. Durant had a great All-Star weekend. Hopefully he can carry the momentum over into the second half of the season.
Keys to the game
Philadelphia is one of the worst offensive rebounding teams in the league. Oklahoma City cannot give a team the extra chances than they already do. Oklahoma City has slowly been improving on the defensive glass lately.
Shoot the ball
While Oklahoma City is one of the best shooting teams in the league, the 76ers are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Oklahoma City will need to be able to hit shots to win this game, especially since they give up an average of 7 more shots per game.
Part of making baskets is getting the ball in great position on the court. That can be achieved by passing the ball. Assisting the buckets could be the way to victory for the Thunder. When OKC has more than 20 assists they are 12-1 on the season.