OKC vs PHI Dream11 NBA Team Prediction – Fantasy Team News
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers
Match Timing: March 01, 2019, @ 06:30 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Chesapeake Energy Arena
OKC vs PHI Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to end a two-game skid when they host Philadelphia 76ers in a regular season NBA match at Chesapeake Energy Arena, in Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, on Friday morning (IST).
For the first time in more than a month, Thunder will go into their next encounter on the back of two straight losses. But the defeat in the last match will hurt Thunder the most as Denver Nuggets outplayed them in almost every department.
OKC lost that match 112-121 at Pepsi Center and missed a golden opportunity to close down the gap on 2nd placed Denver Nuggets. They remain 3rd in the Western Conference with a 38-22 record so far in the regular season.
But the highlight reel belonged to Paul George who produced a moment of absolute madness. With his side trailing 91-75 and 2.8 seconds on the clock, he lofted the ball from the half-court and sent it towards the hoove, and met its fate. A magical 3-pointer.
Russell Westbrook meanwhile scored 22 points and added a game-high 14 rebounds to his efforts.
When Philadelphia 76ers center the court, not only they will have to deal with a variety of injuries, but they must brace themselves for the psychological battle as well.
We all know that Sixers are a super team. But they haven’t beaten Oklahoma City Thunder since November 2008. It was the time when Russell Westbrook was a rookie while Joel Embiid was just a 14-year-old young prodigy.
However, there is an indication of a change in the tide for the Sixers. For the first time during that losing streak, Philadelphia have a winning record. The last few matches could have gone either way. Sixers lost in the triple overtime in December 2017, while the last match was a two-point win for Thunder.
But can Sixers end their skid against Thunder in the absence of Joel Embiid?
Regular Season Record-
Oklahoma City Thunder: W-29, L-31
Philadelphia 76ers: W-39, L-22
Players to watch out for:
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Paul George –“PG13” has taken Oklahoma City Thunder to another level. He is a potential MVP candidate this season, averaging team-high 28.6 points per game. Despite scoring a combined 39 points in the last two games, his average in the last 10 matches still stands at 35.0 points per game. Incredible!
Russell Westbrook – Now we are finally witnessing Russell Westbrook’s true potential. He has been far too inconsistent this season for his incredible talent. Though he remains the only player to average triple-double this season, his points-per-game average was just not good enough. However, in the last five games, the 2017 MVP has three scores in the 40s.
Tobias Harris –Philadelphia 76ers went after his signature in the mid-season transfer window, and it’s his inclusion to the already impressive roster which makes Sixers a “Super Team.” The former Los Angeles Clippers star is averaging 20.4 points per game.
Jimmy Butler – At 18.5 points per game, the 29-year-old star is racking up the team’s 3rd best numbers this season. The former Minnesota Timberwolves will be the key in the absence of Joel Embiid.
OKC vs PHI Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Injured – For the hosts, Andre Roberson is the only injury absentee for the hosts ahead of this match.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Joel Embiid will be missing the Friday’s away game against OKC due to a knee injury. This will be the fourth straight game that the All-Star will be missing, and remains a huge doubt for the next match against Golden State Warriors as well.
And in another setback, his replacement, Boban Marjanovic has been ruled out as well. He reportedly suffered a bone bruise and mild sprain in his right knee during the clash against New Orleans Pelicans.
Firkan Korkmaz underwent surgery and won’t be playing.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
According to reports, Justin Patton has been recalled from the G-League to feature in this match.
OKC vs PHI Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
OKC vs PHI Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Against a depleted Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder should have enough arsenal to win the match.
We back the visitors to continue their unbeaten streak against the hosts.
NOTE: THIS OKC vs PHI Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.