It’s game day for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams are coming into tonight with aspirations to bounce back from their previous performances. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm EST and will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia. You can also listen to tonight’s match on 97.5 “The Fanatic”. 

Philadelphia 76ers (1-1)

The Philadelphia 76ers are 1-1 so far in this young NBA season. The Sixers are coming off a frustrating loss against the Brooklyn Nets where they lost by a score of 114-109. In that game, Philadelphia’s offense scored only one point in approximately the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter.  This was a driving factor in losing the lead they had for most of the game. As for tonight, Philadelphia may be without a few key contributors. 

Joel Embiid (right knee soreness) is questionable for tonight’s game per the NBA’s 10:30 am EST injury report. Additionally, reserve center Andre Drummond is doubtful with a right ankle sprain. As for the rest, Shake Milton (right ankle sprain), Grant Riller (left knee recovery), and Ben Simmons (personal reasons) are sidelined. 

More pressure will be put on Tobias Harris to carry the scoring load due to those absences. Harris leads the 76ers in scoring with an average of 21.5 PPG. 

Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2)

The Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference standings with an 0-2 record. They have lost by at least 20 points in both of their games so far. The Thunder were dominated by a young Houston Rockets team 124-91 in their most recent game. 

Fortunately for Oklahoma City, they have no players listed on the injury report. That could change later today however. 

The Thunder need a big performance from rising-star Shai Gilgeous Alexander tonight. He’s the teams’ leading scorer despite averaging only 15.5 PPG. Oklahoma City’s offensive struggles have been significant. They’re ranked 29th in the NBA in PPG with a measly total of 88.5. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is an above average defensive team. This will present problems for the Thunder’s struggling offense.