Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State Warriors 11/24/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (11/24/21)
The Embiid-less Sixers will be forced into the Chase Center to face the Golden State Warriors, the best team in the NBA today. Philadelphia has had a tough season so far in terms of injuries and players testing positive for COVID. As mentioned in previous articles, several players from the Sixers have been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocol, including Joel Embiid who is still unable to play due to testing positive for COVID. They also have had Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Danny Green, and others miss time at some point. Green will be out as well for this game which will hurt the Sixers as he brings three-point shooting. Golden State has made the best of its situation: the Warriors still don’t have Klay Thompson or James Wiseman back from their respective injuries. They are objectively the best team in the NBA and look terrific at both ends of the floor. The Sixers are bound to struggle a bit against the Warriors’ defense without Green and Embiid, but their three-point shooting could keep them in the game.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
Odds should drop relatively soon but were not yet available when this article was written on Tuesday. The major sportsbooks usually make odds available around 24 hours before tip-off, but sometimes it is even later. The above table will populate and give you all the best odds from the major sportsbook, so it does the work for you. Click on it once they are available to be redirected to the sportsbook.
Golden State has been absolutely stellar against the spread this year with a record of 12-4-1. As a home favorite, the Warriors are 7-2-1 ATS, while the Sixers are still a respectable 4-3 as an away underdog ATS. The Warriors are a clear-cut favorite to win this game, and that much should be obvious; however, the spread is still unclear. If it reaches double-digits, stay away. There is too much wiggle room for a backdoor cover from the Sixers. I like Golden State around -6 or -7.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Golden State Game Pick
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
Philadelphia 76ers Analysis
The Sixers have had several misfortunes come their way this year, including the Ben Simmons holdout situation and Joel Embiid, and several other players getting COVID. Embiid, Simmons, and Danny Green will be unavailable for this game, all for separate reasons. What concerns me is that Seth Curry and Tobias Harris are each listed as day-to-day, which would likely sink the Sixers, especially for this game against the best team in the NBA. There is good news, though: Tyrese Maxey has literally played like an All-Star the past few weeks. The second-year guard looks like he could be one of the steals of the 2020 draft. Philadelphia has to shoot the ball incredibly well from behind the arc and stay home on Steph Curry to win this game. If the Sixers get good minutes from Matisse Thybulle on the defensive end, then they have a chance at keeping the game competitive.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Golden State has resembled the great Warriors teams of the past, circa the 2010s, despite not having Klay Thompson or James Wiseman at its disposal. Klay finally has a rough timetable as the Warriors aim to bring him back roughly around Christmas in December. Steph Curry has held down the proverbial fort for Klay and Wiseman in the first part of the 2021-22 season. Until then, the Warriors are in great hands as Steph has been playing like an MVP. Curry is likely a frontrunner, or on a shortlist of frontrunners, for another MVP award; he has averaged 28.4 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.9 rebounds while having multiple games of 40+ points. The Warriors can win this game by simply continuing their lockdown defense. They are the best defense in the NBA and rank first in opponent points per game and defensive efficiency and fourth in eFG% (effective field goal percentage).
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
The Tyrese Maxey star tour continues after having another huge game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Maxey finished the game with 24 points, four assists, and two steals, and the Sixers got the win on the road. He has turned into a scoring threat and looks like a future All-Star in just his second season. Maxey has averaged 25.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in his past seven games on 53.2/41.9/93.9 shooting splits. While I don’t anticipate these splits to be sustainable long-term, that does not mean that his scoring output will change drastically. Maxey is a phenomenal option right now in DFS, and his salary still does not quite reflect his capabilities.
Steph Curry had an off-game against the Toronto Raptors as he only had 12 points and eight assists in over 37 minutes of gameplay. Before that, he took a rest day against the Detroit Pistons: the Warriors still won without him. Curry averaged 36 points, seven assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game in the six games prior on 52.2% from the field and 47.7% from behind the arc. During that period, Curry finished with two 40-point games and a 50-point game. In short, Curry was on absolute fire. He should be well-rested and ready to drop another bomb on a Sixers’ defense that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency and is a bit lost without Joel Embiid as their inside anchor.