OKC Thunder face reeling Philadelphia 76ers – game preview

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket as Steven Adams #12 of the OKC Thunder defends. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket as Steven Adams #12 of the OKC Thunder defends. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Joel Embiid #21 and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers look on during the game against the OKC Thunder (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Projected line-ups:

OKC Thunder Starters

Point Guard: Chris Paul
Shooting Guard: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Small Forward: Terrance Ferguson
Power Forward: Danilo Gallinari
Center:  Steven Adams

OKC Thunder Bench:

Point Guard: Dennis Schroder
Shooting Guard: Hamidou DialloDeonte Burton
Small Forward: Darius BazleyAbdel Nader
Power Forward: Mike Muscala
Center:  *Nerlens NoelJustin Patton

Injury Notes:

  • Nerlens Noel injured his ankle in the Cavaliers match and will not play in Philly.
  • Andre Roberson is still rehabbing his knee away from the team

Philadelphia 76ers Starters:

Point Guard: Ben Simmons
Shooting Guard: Josh Richardson
Small Forward: Tobias Harris
Power Forward: Al Horford
Center: Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers Bench:

Point Guard: Raul NetoTrey Burke
Shooting Guard: Furkan Korkmaz, Zhaire Smith, Shake Milton  (TW)
Small Forward: James EnnisNorvel Pelle  (TW)
Power Forward: Mike Scott, Jonah Bolden
Center:  Kyle O’Quinn

Injury Notes:

  • Kyle O’Quinn missed the Rockets contest with an illness but is probable to play.
  • James Ennis didn’t play in Houston due to a stomach illness but is also expected to suit up versus the Thunder.
  • Matisse Thybulle is expected to miss between two and four weeks with a right knee sprain which would keep him out until mid-January, therefore, he won’t be available Monday.

The Basics:

76ers 2019-20 Record: 23-14

2018-19 Record and playoff performance: 51-31 – finished ranked third in the Eastern Conference beating the Brooklyn Nets in round one (4-1) and lost the seven-game series (3-4) to Toronto Raptors in round two.

Head Coach: Brett Brown is in his seventh year at the helm.

Key Stats:

On paper the 76ers own most of the statistical categories:


More from Thunderous Intentions

Points per game: 17th (109.5)

Opponent points per game: 7th (105.8)

Pace: 18th (99.92)

Offensive Rating: 16th (108.9)

Defensive Rating: sixth (105.3)

Net Rating: ninth (Plus 3.6)

OKC Thunder:

  • Points per game: 20th (108.6)
  • Opponent points per game: 115th (107.1)
  • Pace: 25th (99.16)
  • Offensive Rating: 17th (108.6)
  • Defensive Rating: 13th (107.1)
  • Net Rating: 13th (Plus 1.5)

Game Specifics:

The Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tipoff: 7:00 PM ET  | 6:00 PM CT

TV: FS Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1 FM OKC


The OKC Thunder holds a massive edge over the 76ers winning 20 of their 22 meetings all-time mostly due to “the process’ years. This season the Thunder won the first meeting on home court 127-119 in overtime. Last year the teams split their two meetings with the 76ers victory ending a 19 game win streak OKC held over Philly.

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A streak will end – either the 76ers will stop their losing skid or the Thunder will extend their win streak to six. Check back post game for grades and takeaways from what is sure to be a battle.