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Time: 6:00 PM Central Standard Time
Place: The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia, Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1)
Previous Meeting(s): Dec. 2
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Backstory: The Philadelphia 76ers are pretty bad, and the last time we played them, they were thoroughly dominated throughout the second half. They have recent wins against Milwaukee and Atlanta, but I wouldn't put too much stock in those. They have a consistent penchant for losing that shows up in their monthly schedule, and it's unlikely that this team will pick up their play for a second time and seriously challenge the Thunder. If nothing else, look at it this way: It's a much easier game than our last 4.
The team is actually very good on paper, they've just never been able to put it together. In addition, their bench mostly consists of weak guards. The Thunder will most likely turn this into a fast paced game, as the 76ers don't have the depth or resolve in order to slow it down into a half-court game that would benefit Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert. Instead, you're probably going to see a lot of Andre Igoudala and Jrue Holiday volume shooting. And that does not a winning team make.
Prediction: Oklahoma City 109, Philadelphia 97