- The Golden State Warriors host the short-handed 76ers Wednesday night
- Joel Embiid (COVID) could return to lineup after Philly wraps up 6-game road trip
- The odds and matchups can be found below with a prediction
The Golden State Warriors are an NBA-best 15-2, and could soon be welcoming back Klay Thompson.
Their next opponent, the Philadelphia 76ers, had jus two losses when Joel Embiid went down due to COVID, and they’ve struggled to stay afloat during his 8-game absense.
It’s quite likely he will find his way back to the lineup after the Sixers wrap up their 6-game road trip in San Francisco.
Both teams are coming off wins when they square up at Chase Center Wednesday night. Tip-off goes at 10pm ET, and the game can be seen live on ESPN.
The home team is considered a 10.5-point favorite in this one.
76ers vs Warriors Odds
|Philadelphia 76ers||+440||+10.5 (-109)||OFF|
|Golden State Warriors||-625||-10.5 (-112)||OFF|
Odds as of Nov 23 at BarstoolAdvertising Disclosure
It’s not just Embiid on the shelf, as Philly could be missing their starting lineup from a year ago. Danny Green (hamstring) has already been ruled out, while Seth Curry (back) and Tobias Harris (hip) are considered day-to-day.
2 weeks after Joel Embiid tested positive for Covid, he is at Sixers facility starting to ramp up to return
It is most likely that he will join the team when they return from their road trip and hopefully play Saturday or Monday in Philly pic.twitter.com/Su05w51pnM
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 22, 2021
That doesn’t include the ongoing Ben Simmons saga, their other all-star that has yet to suit up for the team this season.
When Embiid went down, the 76ers were 8-2 and competing for top spot in the East. They’ve dropped six of eight with their big man sidelined, which included a 5-game slide.
The @TyreseMaxey Show Continues
24 PTS, 4 AST, W
Last 7 Games 🔥
0.6 TO 👀
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 23, 2021
They’ve won two of three since, the latest a 102-94 win over the Sacramento Kings. They’ve been led by second-year guard Tyrese Maxey, who’s shown he’ll be an intricate part of the lineup when all the big guns return.
He had a team-high 24 points to go along with four assists. In his last seven games, he’s gone over 20+ points six times. Andre Drummond did a lot of glass work, finishing with 23 rebounds, adding nine points and three blocks. Six players finished in double digits for the Sixers.
Other Warriors Step Up
It’s no secret that Steph Curry is the centerpiece of everything the Warriors do, but against the Raptors Sunday night, they showed they’re far more than a 1-man band.
Range brothers 🎯
— NBA (@NBA) November 22, 2021
Toronto made it their mission to shut down Curry, holding the MVP candidate to just 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting, though he did add eight assists. That strategy allowed Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins light the Raptors on fire.
Poole went for a game-high 33 points, including a sharp 8-for-11 mark from downtown. He also added four boards and four assists. Wiggins was right behind him, potting 32 points, six rebounds and three assists. He also lit it up from deep, nailing six of eight three pointers.
Does Klay Thompson think the Warriors can win the title: "Oh, yeah. We're 15-2. It's a great indicator. Our defense is top 3 in the league along with our offense. And I'm not even out there yet. Think about that. Really think about that."
Full soundbite pic.twitter.com/S4t3qf0v16
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 23, 2021
The Dubs continue to do it with defense: the 104 points surrendered against Toronto was the highest output they’ve surrendered in the last six games.
And the rich will get richer, as swingman Klay Thompson participated in a full team practice on Tuesday for the first time since tearing his left ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and his right Achilles in November 2020. He’s targeting a return around Christmas.
Game Trends to Watch For
Golden State have made hay on their home floor early in the season, losing just once in 10 starts at Chase Center. They’re riding a 4-game win streak.
The Warriors lead the league in scoring at 114.2 per game, and their trademark passing game tops the NBA, as they average 29.3 assists per game. They’re also second in field goal shooting (47.5%) and fifth in three-point shooting (36.5%).
Steph Curry has hit 9 threes in a game for the 38th time in his career. pic.twitter.com/jX5RmP4FQF
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 19, 2021
What makes them so tough is how they compete on both ends. The Dubs lead the NBA in opposition scoring, holding clubs to 101.1 points per game, the lowest field-goal shooting percentage (42%), and their fifth-best in defending the three-point line.
Minus Embiid, the Sixers have fallen to the middle of the pack defensively, and they’re susceptible to the money-ball. Teams are shooting 35.6% from deep against them (22nd).
ANDRE DRUMMOND IS A BAAAAAAAD MAN pic.twitter.com/n72JlZ3QwO
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 23, 2021
They are middle in the pack in scoring, but to their credit, they are top-5 in both field goal shooting and three-point shooting.
The Warriors are 12-4-1 ATS this season, and a nice 7-2-1 ATS as the home favorite. Philly has not been a betting slouch on the road: they are 7-3 ATS away from home.
76ers vs Warriors Pick
It’s hard to pick against the Warriors at home, regardless of how large this spread is. Philly is trying to finish a 6-game trip at the .500 mark as the reinforcements are expected to return shortly.
Considering GState’s plus-minus at home is +16.4 points, this has all the makings of a blowout.
The Pick: Warriors -10.5 (-112)