|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 07 March 2009 07:30|
NBA betting odds handicappers have not seen much reason to take Philadelphia or Oklahoma City as of late as they have been in basketball betting slumps. The Philadelphia 76ers got off to the worst possible start this season against the NBA betting odds but steadily dug their way out of the hole and into eastern conference playoff contention.
Philadelphia had an overall basketball betting record of 28-28 straight up and 26-28-2 against the NBA betting odds. Philly really cooled off around the all star break as they covered just 1 out of 5 games against the NBA betting odds from February 11 through February 25.
From January 19 through February 25 the Sixers beat the NBA betting odds in just 5 out of 16 games. Philadelphia’s offense has been the main source of their problems against the NBA betting odds as it ranked just 24th overall in the league. Their defense has been their salvation and ranked 10th.
Andre Iguodala led the Sixers in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the best values against the NBA betting odds this season despite having one of the league’s worst records.
Oklahoma City had an overall basketball betting mark of 13-44 straight up but was 34-22 against the NBA betting odds. From February 8 through February 24, however, the Thunder became quiet and beat the NBA betting odds in just 2 out of 7 games. OKC was a solid 18-12 against the NBA betting odds as a host.
Kevin Durant has been a bright spot for the Thunder as he was averaging 26.3 points per game to lead the team. Oklahoma City ranked 19th overall on offense while ranking 25th overall on defense. These two teams met in Philadelphia on November 15 and the Sixers scored an easy 110-85 blowout win and cover as the game went over the total of 189.
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