No Embiid, No Boban, No Hope for Philly Versus OKC

Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:04 AM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 4:04 AM UTC

Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic are both out for the Philadelphia 76ers this Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder – making OKC an easy NBA pick.

<p style="text-align:right"><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Feb. 26: 14-12 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 18-8 Totals</em></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Philadelphia (39-22 SU, 28-33 ATS) vs Oklahoma City (38-22 SU, 33-27 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Thursday, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live odds for this game">Thunder ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Bookmaker" target="_blank" title="top rated sportsbook">Bookmaker</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569896, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,19,139,180], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>I love it when a plan comes together. <a href="">We got paid</a> Tuesday night when the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-112, cashing in as 3.5-point home faves on the <a href="">NBA odds board</a>. Nikola Jokic made us look good by out-performing Paul George, dumping 36 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists on the Zombie Sonics. You da real MVP, Nikola.<br /><br />Just to show there’s no hard feelings, we’re putting the Thunder in our <a href="">NBA picks</a> for Thursday’s game versus the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s because they won’t have to deal with anyone like Jokic; both Joel Embiid and our main man Boban Marjanovic are out for the Sixers with knee injuries. Philadelphia have already dropped three straight ATS without Embiid in the lineup. Now they’ve lost Marjanovic, too. Sorry about your damn luck.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Out: Bobi</strong></h2><p>In theory, the Sixers would have been worth a shot with just Embiid (plus-3.4 BPM) out. Marjanovic (plus-1.9 BPM with Philly) played very well in that first game, putting up 19 points and 12 rebounds in last week’s 106-102 loss to the Miami Heat as 5.5 point home faves. Sadly, Marjanovic developed a bone bruise and a sprain in his right knee on Monday after getting rolled up by Chieck Diallo in New Orleans, and will miss at least a week of action.<br /><br />Next man up: Lord only knows. It will probably be some combination of Jonah Bolden (minus-0.2 BPM) and Amir Johnson (minus-0.5 BPM), two bigs who are only good for defense at this point. Mike Scott (minus-4.5 BPM in Philly) could also get some more minutes. Yikes. You just know Thunder center Steven Adams (plus-3.0 BPM) is licking his chops right now, especially after posting a minus-23 against Jokic and the Nuggets.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>In: Tobi</strong></h2><p>Then you have the big question with the Sixers: Are they better off after trading for Tobias Harris (plus-1.4 BPM in Philly)? Probably. Harris has provided some added scoring punch, and the Sixers did go 3-1 SU and ATS in their first four games with their new “death” lineup, before Embiid got hurt again. However, they also sent Mike Muscala (minus-0.5 BPM) to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Harris trade, and now that Marjanvoic is out, Philly’s bench is ripe for the picking.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Boban Marjanovic reached 1,000 career points in 1,574 minutes of playing time. From &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@EliasSports&lt;/a&gt;, that's the 2nd-fewest minutes needed to reach 1,000 career points among active players. Only Joel Embiid reached the mark in fewer minutes (1,271). &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ESPN Stats &amp;amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 22, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />The Thunder are still without defensive stopper Andre Roberson (knee) for the foreseeable future, but they’re healthy otherwise, and they have an extra big to throw at Philadelphia in Markieff Morris, who was a plus-15 against Denver in his third game with OKC. We’ll ride with the Thunder as 8-point home faves at press time, and may the sphere be with you.</p>
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