The Philadelphia 76ers continue on their west coast tour, playing their third road game in four days, with this edition coming against the Golden State Warriors. Can an injury-riddled Sixers squad bounce back after an embarrassing loss to the Portland Trail Blazers? Find out below through our Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors predictions and best betting picks!
Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction
We cannot recommend a play in this position until we get more information from the Philadelphia 76ers on who will be playing and who will remain sidelined with various injuries.
Assuming that Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid will be held out again (both have missed two consecutive games), we will definitely lean heavily toward the Golden State Warriors to cover a marginal 4.5-point spread.
Philly has lost each of its past two games, including a six-point loss to the Denver Nuggets and a 26-point blowout at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. Paul Reed, Patrick Beverley, and Kelly Oubre Jr. combined to put up 72 of the team’s 105 points against Denver, which was obviously not replicated again last night against Portland.
And it hardly feels like it will happen in this game.
On the other hand, the Warriors have all of their stars healthy (Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins) but are missing a few key rotational players (Gary Payton II, Moses Moody, and Chris Paul). Golden State is fresh off an incredibly frustrating one-point double-overtime loss against the Lakers. Even a 46-point explosion from Steph Curry couldn’t hold off LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and D’Angelo Russell.
Golden State will release its season-long anger on the undermanned Sixers on Tuesday. The Dubs haven’t played since Saturday night, so their legs should be fresh even with the double-overtime game against L.A. Meanwhile, the Sixers are playing their third road game in four days and could be without Embiid, Maxey, Melton, Lofton, and Covington again, leaving them extremely shorthanded.
Philadelphia has the worst three-point shooting percentage in the NBA over its past three games, while Golden State has shot the deep ball at the second-highest percentage league-wide in that span. Expect that disparity to play a major role in the Dubs’ home win; it is amazing (horrifying) what can happen when the two biggest focal points of an offense are sidelined.
Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction: Warriors -4 (-130)
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Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Golden State Warriors Best Odds
Golden State is a 4.5-point home favorite against the (potentially) Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Philly is a +154 moneyline dog to win outright, while the Dubs are -185 to get back to .500 at home. The point total for this matchup holds steady at 235.5 points, which is on the upper end of an Over/Under line, indicating a higher-scoring affair.
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Golden State Warriors Injuries
There are many question marks for the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of their second night of a back-to-back; they have been without Joel Embiid (knee), Tyrese Maxey (ankle), De’Anthony Melton (back), Kenneth Lofton Jr. (personal), and Robert Covington (knee). Covington, Lofton Jr., and Melton will almost certainly miss this game, while Maxey and Embiid will likely have questionable designations and be game-time decisions.
Meanwhile, Golden State will miss three rotational guards: Moses Moody (calf), Gary Payton II (hamstring), and Chris Paul (hand.) Moody and Paul are set to be re-evaluated any day now; however, it is highly unlikely that they will be brought back for this game. Payton is still two weeks away from potentially seeing the floor with his hamstring injury.