NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers
Wednesday, 2/29/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  CSP
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -3.5
Opening Total:  191
Current Total:  190
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Oklahoma City Thunder are led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City will kick off a three-game road trip with a trip to Philadelphia, as the team rattled off five consecutive wins before the All-Star break by managing to score 100 or more points in each game.  “We’ve just started to jell,” commented Thunder forward Kevin Durant.  “I’m glad we’re getting better as a group.”  The Thunder are 11-3 in the month of February and come in with a 12-6 road record, which includes a 2-1 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Oklahoma City is 10-8 ATS on the road this season.

The Thunder have tallied a dominating 28-9 record against Eastern Conference opponents since the start of the 2010-11 season, including a 6-1 mark this year.  Oklahoma City is led by its pair of All-Stars in Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook, as they combined for 57 points in leading the West to a 152-149 victory.  Offensively, the team is managing to score 102.7 points per game, which could move higher at the end of this affair.  The team has averaged 111.8 points in its last four meetings with the 76ers.

Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak in tallying a 97-68 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night as 3.5-point road favorites, while going “under” the total in five consecutive games.  The 76ers will be led offensively by point guard Jrue Holiday in this contest, as he averaged a team-best 19.5 points in last season’s series.  Forward Andre Iguodala is also someone to take notice of, coming off his first All-Star appearance for the Eastern Conference, scoring 12 points in 14 minutes.  Philadelphia is 12-7 ATS at home and the “under” is 14-5 in those contests.

The 76ers have lost six of the past seven games in this series, but have score 100 or more points in three of the four games.  Philadelphia is just 3-7 in its past 10 games, but really broke out of a shooting funk last night.  Offensively, the team was managing to score just 86.7 points on 40.7 percent shooting in its previous nine games.  Holiday has been hot of late, hitting 26 of 55 field goals in the last four games after hitting just 1 of 17 shots in the previous two contests.

Bettors will likely back the Thunder due to their 34-16-1 ATS mark as a road favorite of 4.5 points or less, while the 76ers are 0-6 ATS versus Western Conference opponents.

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