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76ers Thunder Betting Tips – Sixers Try To Find Answers In The State Of Oklahoma

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/1/2013 5:48:12 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers still don't know when they'll get Andrew Bynum on the floor this season, if at all. They venture to Oklahoma City to play the defending Western Conference champions.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Oklahoma City Thunder – day, January    
Betting line: No line

Why Philadelphia Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts know that when they do their homework and go over the important matchups in this game, they will emphasize the possibility that Oklahoma City could very well suffer a post-Miami letdown. Oklahoma City really wanted to get back at the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. The Thunder wanted to gain revenge for their loss in the NBA Finals. They wanted to get back at the Heat on national television, and on a day (Christmas) when so many people around the NBA watch the featured late-afternoon/early-evening telecast on ABC. Yet, Oklahoma City was once again outclassed by Miami.

The Heat had all the answers for the Thunder down the stretch and were able to score on the Thunder when they needed to. That kind of loss leaves a psychic imprint, no matter what professional athletes such as Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook might say or claim in public. Oklahoma City dragged a bit this past Monday night in a home-court win over the Phoenix Suns. The Thunder could certainly be listless in this contest and drift through the motions as they think about not Philadelphia, but the opportunities they missed against Miami. Oklahoma City's players could be in another place from a mental standpoint, and that could provide the 76ers with the portal to victory they need in this contest.

Why Oklahoma City Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus drop in on NBA basketball and look at another realm of the sports world, they will say that while the Thunder might not be at their best in this game, the Sixers are not in a position to take them down, and the reasoning behind such a claim is really rather obvious.

Philadelphia was supposed to be a next-level contender in the Eastern Conference this season. The Sixers were supposed to experience an elevation in quality similar to what the New York Knicks have in fact enjoyed to this point in time. The Atlanta Hawks have also gotten better in the East, but Philadelphia is not at that point. Why? The Sixers have not yet gained one minute of playing time from their main acquisition, center Andrew Bynum.

It was Bynum who warred in the paint against Oklahoma City in previous playoff series between the Thunder and Bynum's Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum was and is the player who could make Philadelphia supremely competitive against the likes of Oklahoma City and San Antonio and Memphis, but without Bynum on the floor, the Sixers are simply going to be undermanned in this clash. Philadelphia is a mediocre team without Bynum, and there's no other way to say as much.

Who Will Win

It’s clear that without Bynum, Philadelphia can’t hang with Oklahoma City. Even if the Thunder don't play their best brand of ball, they should still win somewhat comfortably.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Oklahoma City


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