The Philadelphia 76ers are on the west coast, as they leave New York City and fly to San Francisco following a 101-100 win over the Knicks. That was a close call that needed overtime to determine a winner. Shake Milton off the bench saved the 76ers. Without his performance, the 76ers likely don’t win that game. Milton led the Sixers with 21 points, while Tobias Harris chipped in with 20 points.
That was the first of six straight games for the 76ers on the road. They dismantled the Sacramento Kings, 129-105, and then had to fight hard to fend off the Knicks in overtime. It was a perfect set up for the 76ers against the Kings in that contest. The Kings were coming off one of their biggest wins the night before over the Boston Celtics, 106-97.
They’re going through a tough stretch on the road without an active Joel Embiid and Seth Curry. Embiid is not due back to at least early April, while Curry is not going to have an opportunity to play against his brother at the Chase Center tonight. Seth is getting closer to making a return, but will sit out another game with an ankle injury. He could be ready in a game or two for the 76ers, though. Both are going to be out for this one, as Steph is dealing with a tailbone contusion.
The 76ers are still ranking highly in power rankings despite the absence of Embiid and Seth. They have won seven of their last eight games and are still feeling confident without their leader in the lineup. Having said that, the 30-13 76ers are going to need a healthy Embiid coming playoff time. Good teams will figure the Sixers out in a series if he wasn’t in the lineup. In any case, the 76ers are up in the East by a game over the Brooklyn Nets. The Eastern Conference playoffs are going to be the most interesting in a long time.
The Golden State Warriors have been the definition of up and down this season. They’ve looked unbeatable at times, and just really flat in spots. That is the Klay Thompson impact. Things would be a lot more fluid for the Warriors with Klay playing this season. If the playoffs were to start today, the Warriors would be a game outside in ninth behind the Dallas Mavericks.
They’re coming off a 111-103 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, a day after beating the Grizz, 116-103. The Dubs are back home following a brief three-game road trip, which resulted in a win over the Rockets, 108-94, Grizzlies, 116-103, and the loss. They have had an extra day off going into tonight over the 76ers, who played on Sunday. Head below for our free 76ers vs. Warriors pick on March 23, 2021.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Betting Odds:
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The 76ers have found a lot of chemistry between one another despite their anchor out of the lineup. That is what great teams are capable of doing. They are missing a guy that is averaging 30 points and 11.5 boards per game, yet still finding a way to win games. I can’t say that their win against the Knicks in overtime was particularly impressive, but it’s hard to deny seven wins in eight games isn’t. The 76ers are sixth in the league with 115.1 points per game, and seventh defensively with 109.7 points conceded. Through their previous five outings, the 76ers have scored 113.6 points per game.
Philadelphia has been a juggernaut at home, as they’ve posted a record of 19-4. However, have looked vulnerable when travelling away from the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers are 11-9 as visitors, which is rather mediocre, and they were a point away at Madison Square Garden from going into San Francisco .500 on the road at 10-10. Home court advantage for the Sixers through the playoffs must be emphasized.
That loss against the Toronto Raptors two years ago in Game 7, I’m sure if they had home court for the deciding game, the 76ers win that game. The 76ers’ offensive numbers drop on the road, from over 115 points per game at home to just 111.7 points per game. We saw on full display against the Knicks what can happen to the Sixers as a visiting team. Conversely, the Warriors have gone 13-7 at home, with 116.4 points scored and 111.5 points conceded per game.
They’ve gone 13-6 ATS against the 76ers in their last 19 meetings against them at home. More than anything, this looks like a good letdown spot for the 76ers following a physical outing against the Knicks. Flying from New York to the west coast, and then asking them to cover as a favorite against a decent Warriors seems like it’s asking a lot without Embiid.
Steph might be out for the Warriors, though James Wiseman is listed as probable and Eric Paschall could be available. With Steph not playing, this line looks awfully fishy. I don’t believe the oddsmakers are expecting the 76ers to be firing on all cylinders tonight. This very well could be one of those games that they “take off” and overlook the Warriors. I think the public loses on the 76ers in this one.