The Sixers are looking for their first win in Oklahoma City since the Seattle Supersonics relocated in 2008. They are 0-3 in Oklahoma City. The Sixers dropped their last matchup with the Thunder back in November 116-109 in overtime. The 76ers used strong defense to hold the Thunder to just 13 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime before getting outscored 118-111. The Sixers are just 5-12 in their last 17 games after beginning the season 10-6. Despite the rough patch, the Sixers are surprisingly efficient in close games as they are 4-2 in games decided by four points or less after going 1-8 last year.
Who to Watch: Jrue Holiday. Holiday and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook are the only two players in the NBA who are averaging 18+ points and 8+ rebounds. Holiday is averaging 18.9 points and 8.9 assists while grabbing 4.0 rebounds per game. Holiday has nine double-doubles this year, including his triple-double on Wednesday where he had 16 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder are 24-7 right now and have the best winning percentage in the NBA. They are 16-3 at home and their 16 home wins is the most in the league. They are 13-0 when they have five or more players score 10+ points. They are 13-4 when leading scorer Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook score 20+ points. They are the highest scoring duo in the NBA as they are averaging a combined 49.2 points per game.
Who to Watch: Kevin Durant. Durant leads the team in scoring at 28.4 points per game. He has won the scoring title each of the last three seasons. Only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain have longer runs of consecutive scoring titles with seven a piece. He has scored 20+ points in 28 of the team’s 31 games. He has not scored less than 15 all year. The 6’9” small forward will be a tough matchup tonight.
Tipoff is slated for 8:00 pm. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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