The Warriors will find ways to get their starters rest down the stretch – but it should be all hands on deck Saturday as they take on the host the 76ers in a battle between two of the most entertaining teams in the league.
The Warriors have lost two straight games, and will be looking to redeem themselves after dropping a 113-104 home decision to Philly back on Jan. 31 – their only loss in a 17-game stretch.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
With Philadelphia likely to be without star center Joel Embiid due to left knee tendinitis, the 76ers are actually home underdogs for this one despite owning an impressive 24-8 record at Wells Fargo Center. It has been more than a year since the 76ers have been a home ‘dog, and their recent record isn’t good – they’ve gone just 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS in their past 10 games in that situation, though Philly was still in rebuilding mode in the early part of that run.
As you might expect, the total for Saturday’s marquee showdown is an astronomical 234.5 – and even that isn’t enough to dissuade 80 percent of Sports Interaction bettors from leaning toward the under. But the Warriors are a sizzling 18-7-1 to the under in their previous 26 games following a straight-up loss, while Philadelphia has converted the under in nine of 12 overall and four straight home games against teams with winning road records.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State can attribute that earlier loss to the 76ers to one extraordinary development that isn’t likely to happen a second time Saturday night. The Warriors were a dreadful 11-of-38 from 3-point range in the defeat – and if you remove Steph Curry’s 10-for-18 performance from beyond the arc, the rest of the Golden State roster was just 1-for-20 from deep. It’s worth mentioning that sharp-shooter Klay Thompson missed that game due to illness.
There are plenty of positives to glean from the 76ers’ performance without Embiid, who hasn’t played since prior to the All-Star break. Philadelphia has won three of four games in his absence, a stretch that includes impressive road victories in New Orleans and Oklahoma City. But their three victories came by a combined nine points, and they struggled mightily – especially on the defensive end – in a 15-point home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.