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Biggest NBA Spread: Thunder vs 76ers

Philadelphia faces the biggest NBA point spread of the season when they pay a visit to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

The Thunder were 20.5-point home chalk against a tanking team riding a 14-game losing streak. The previous high for an NBA spread this season was Feb. 9 (also the 76ers, that time against the Los Angeles Clippers).

It's the biggest spread since Nov. 27, 2009 when the Denver Nuggets closed as 21.5-point home chalk against the Knicks, according to the NBA database here at Odds Shark.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Thunder currently sport a record of 45-15, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 33-26-1 ATS. The 76ers are 15-45 and 22-38 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Thunder post a 32-28 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the 76ers have gone 30-29-1 against the number.

View Philadelphia 76ers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the 76ers listed as 19.5-point underdogs earlier at 5Dimes. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 219 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

This game matches up the No. 3 (Thunder) and the No. 30 (76ers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-86 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.

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The 76ers were a 92-81 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (173) made winners of UNDER bettors. Thaddeus Young scored 29 points for Philadelphia on Sunday, but the Magic managed a 92-81 victory over the 76ers at Amway Center.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 116-99 winner as they battled the Bobcats at home. The Thunder covered in the match as a 11-point favorite, while 215 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Bobcats were burned for 28 points by Kevin Durant on Sunday as the Thunder picked up a 116-99 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 105.08 PPG, against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 30 at 110.73 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 47.47% so far, more than the 76ers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.29% per game.

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Utah, Saturday, March 8th
Oklahoma City at Phoenix, Thursday, March 6th

 

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