Thunder (5-game winning streak)
106.4 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.1 Defensive Efficiency (13th)
96.2 Pace (5th)
57.0 True Shooting % (2nd)
51.4 Rebound Rate (5th)
76ers (1-game winning streak)
102.2 Offensive Efficiency (9th)
93.6 Defensive Efficiency (1st)
92.0 Pace (25th)
51.6 True Shooting % (21st)
49.0 Rebound Rate (23rd)
The Thunder will be back at it tonight for the first time following the All-Star Break. Oklahoma City is on a five-game winning streak and at 27-7 has the best record in the NBA tied with Miami.
The Philadelphia 76ers started off the year great and have been one of the true surprises this season. Their depth and defensive efficiency has helped them to become one of the top teams in the East.
While the Thunder won their last five entering the All-Star Break, Philadelphia lost their last five and it’s not like they suffered any key losses to injury.
The Sixers did win last night in Detroit 97-68 as they looked like the team they were earlier in the season.
Both teams were represented during All-Star Weekend with the obvious players being present from Oklahoma City. Philadelphia sent Andre Iguodala to the All-Star Game and he had a pretty nice showing with 12 points in the game.
Iguodala is the All-Star for Philly but by no means carries the load for this team. Iguodala is great all-around on defense and a playmaker getting all of the Sixers involved. Iguodala is averaging 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the year.
The leading scorer for Philly actually comes from their bench in the form of Lou Williams. Williams is morphing into a sort of Jamal Crawford 2.0 with his late-game efforts and touch from distance.
The depth and ability to consistently be efficient throughout four quarters is the greatest strength of Philadelphia and an area where the Thunder can also be good. Led by James Harden the Thunder second unit will have to be on top of their game on the road tonight to make sure Oklahoma City does not fall behind.
The starting unit and closing unit should have a big advantage in this game for the Thunder. Iguodala is a great defender but there aren’t many players playing better in the world than Kevin Durant right now.
Russell Westbrook will have to contend with Jrue Holiday who is turning into one of the better perimeter defenders in the league but still not in the class of Westbrook.
The Sixers lead the league in defensive efficiency but play at a much slower pace than Oklahoma City and shouldn’t hurt the Thunder too much with their offensive rebounding. The Thunder will be able to counteract Philly’s defense on the break in transition with their Big Three.
If the Thunder come slow out of the gates then the 76ers will have a good chance of stealing this one but that shouldn’t be the case. Oklahoma City tends to just overmatch teams like this with their talent and should win tonight but it definitely won’t be an easy one.