Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers 12/11/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Matchup Preview (12/11/21)

The Golden State Warriors will hop on the near-3000 mile flight to Philadelphia to battle the Sixers. The Warriors are merely 3-2 in their past five games, dropping one to the Phoenix Suns on the road and one to the San Antonio Spurs at home. They have even more reason to come out firing on all cylinders as Steph Curry is merely ten three-pointers away from setting the record and knocking off Ray Allen. Meanwhile, Philadelphia has to figure out what its identity is going to be. The Sixers don’t resemble last season’s squad at all in that way, as it was clear they used to be a defensive-centric team that shot the ball from behind the arc and punched post entries into Embiid. This matchup likely won’t be close, but look at the analysis below for more details.

Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds

When the Sixers don’t play in overtime or against the Charlotte Hornets, they have struggled to put up 100 points consistently. That is not even that big of an ask of an NBA team, regardless of the pace of play. Golden State’s half-court defense is so elite that it does not matter that Philly ranks sixth in offensive efficiency. Against some teams, the Sixers may have an advantage because of their slower pace, but Golden State is not one of those teams. The Warriors can quickly fill it up, evidenced by their 113.2 points per game and 16 fast break points per game, ranking first in the NBA. If Embiid has a massive 40+ point game, then all bets are off, but anything short of that, and I like the Warriors ATS, assuming they are giving four or five points.

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TV Schedule

Date: 12/11/21
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Arena: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Channel: ABC

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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Steph Curry
SG: Jordan Poole
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Draymond Green
C: Kevon Looney

Golden State Warriors Analysis

The best team in the NBA will look for their 22nd win of the 2021-22 NBA season against the Sixers in Philly. Golden State has had a few underwhelming moments, but for the most part, it has been steady. A few of those moments have happened recently: one was against the Spurs, where they lost at home, while the other was only beating the Lillard and McCollum-less Portland Trail Blazers by ten points. Still, there is no denying that they belong atop the NBA standings as they rank second in effective field goal percentage, third in points per game and offensive efficiency, and first in opponent points per game and defensive efficiency. This matchup with the Sixers, in particular, should not be much of an issue. Golden State holds teams to 100 points per game, and the Sixers can hardly get to that number against average defensive teams.

Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup

PG: Tyrese Maxey
SG: Seth Curry
SF: Danny Green
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers Analysis

The Sixers have been anything but impressive since returning Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle to the starting lineup. With a fully healthy roster, many people, including myself, expected the Sixers to fall right back into sync; however, that outcome has yet to be seen. They are 4-3 since Embiid has returned, despite a couple of 40 point games from him. What is the problem? This is not as easily diagnosable as some teams in the NBA. One glaring issue with the Sixers is their complete inability to rebound outside of Joel Embiid. They rank dead-last in rebounds per game despite having one of the best big men in the NBA; it does not make sense. The only other reasonable claim that could be made about the Sixers is that they don’t have an identity. Philadelphia has plenty of coherent three-point shooters on its squad, including Danny Green, Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey, Georges Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, and even Joel Embiid. While some of those players shoot better than others, they are all still capable of catching fire, evidenced throughout the season. Still, the Sixers rank 26th in the NBA in 3PA (three-point attempts) per game. Surely then, the Sixers would score many points in the paint then, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case either, as they are 21st in the NBA in that category. There will be no consistency with this team until they find their identity, and that is just the reality.

Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Daily Fantasy Picks

After being somewhat of an NBA journeyman since he entered the league, Seth Curry seems to have finally found a home in Philadelphia. Curry has bounced around several G-League and NBA teams before getting a more prominent role with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2016-17 season. Now, at age 31, Curry has put together his most complete start to any season in his career. He averages 16.2 points, three rebounds, and 2.9 assists on a near 51/41/88 shooting split. Curry has stepped up even more in the past eight games, putting up 18 points per game with a 24-point performance against the Golden State Warriors on November 24th. That brings up a key point: Steph and Seth Curry always love a good old-fashioned brother versus brother showdown. Seth should have another 20-25 point game with relative ease regardless of the game script.

The only other DFS player that makes sense to mention after Seth Curry is Steph Curry. Steph is the frontrunner for the MVP and looks like the best player in the world right now. He is more than just a flashy shooter who hits tough shots. Curry can draw an entire defense with just an off-ball cut or coming off of a screen. His ability to make mediocre players look excellent rivals that of the all-time greats. While he isn’t averaging as many points as he did last season, he remains a dangerous threat to blow up for 40-50 points on any given night. The other important aspect to consider for Steph in this game, in particular, is the very real possibility that he sets the all-time three-point record, beating Ray Allen. What better way to do it than against your brother? Curry needs ten three-pointers to set the record, and while that seems like an absurd amount, it is well within the realm of possibility for the greatest shooter ever to walk the planet.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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