Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State Warriors: Predictions, Odds and Head-to-Head

How to Watch

Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

When: Thursday, January 31st at 10:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): TNT and NBC Sports Philadelphia | 95.7 The Game and 97.5 The Fanatic

Philadelphia 76ers (Away)

Head Coach: Brett Brown {All-Time 159-301 | PHI}

The Sixers are mere steps away from taking third place from the Indiana Pacers. With a record of 32-18, the Sixers are just a game from overtaking Indiana for the coveted third seed in the East.

In their last ten games the Sixers have shown some inconsistency. Going 6-4 in their last ten, with a point differential of of +3.4, Philadelphia has been lacking in their matchups against the more talented NBA units.

Losses to the Nuggets, Thunder, and Wizards show that the Sixers aren’t completely zoned in to be a championship competitor. They lack depth and the balance of the starting five is still poor. Against the Warriors they have the starting line to compete, but may very likely lack the depth to finish off the game against the reigning champions.

Golden State Wariors (Home)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 300-77 | GSW}

The Golden State Warriors not only have their five all-star lineup on the court, but they are sitting comfortably at the top of the Western Conference. With a 1.5 game lead over the second place Denver Nuggets, the Thunder are primed to remind the Western Conference of their strength.

Over the last ten games the Warriors could not be more dominant. They have gone unbeaten in their last ten matches, while maintaining a +6.8 point differential.

After drubbing the wounded Indiana Pacers, the Warriors will look to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers. Their lineup is formidable, but the Sixers maintain unique weapons of their own in Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid. The Warriors can’t be complacent if they don’t want one of the Sixers stars to take over the game.

What’s At Stake?

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors have met a number of times over the storied history of their franchises. In the current iteration of their teams, the Golden State Warriors lead the all-time series over the Philadelphia 76ers 63-46.

A win for the Sixers would put them third in the Eastern Conference, getting them out of the dreaded 4-5 playoff matchup with the Celtics.

A win for the Warriors would keep them top in the Western Conference.

Questions to answer

Are the Sixers a buyer at the trade deadline?

Has Boogie revamped his game for the Warriors?

We are going to compare the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Sixers are Laughably Thin for Reserves

The Sixers have some interesting pieces on their bench, but after trading away Dario Saric and Robert Covington the Sixers are searching for answers for their depth. Only Landry Shamet has been a player of note for the team, but he will not be enough to help the Sixers’ playoff aspirations.

With the current state of the New Orleans Pelicans, it seems their role players are ripe for the taking. Players like E’Twaun Moore, Nikola Mitotic, and Jrue Holiday could instantly bolster their bench and team into top-tier contention.

While it’s unlikely they have the assets to acquire Anthony Davis, the Sixers will have to try something come the NBA Trade Deadline. They were able to acquire two deadeye three point shooters at the deadline last year in Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, but failed to maintain their services in the summer. With patience growing thin for stars Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler, the Sixers are a team to watch by February 7th.

Cousins Has Taken the Time to Develop New Skills

In his recent run with the Golden State Warriors, Boogie Cousins hasn’t been the same player he was previous to his injury. Despite that statement, he has been able to show off a new game that he has clearly been able to work on over the time he’s been out.

While rust is inevitable for players coming from a long lay-off, Cousins has played a tight game, averaging only 1.8 turnovers since he’s returned. He’s also been a capable threat from range, doubling down on his joking statement of being the third splash brother. While he is shooting 46% from the field, he is knocking down an astonishing 55% of his three-point field goal attempts on a respectable 2.8 attempts per game.

Once worrisome due to his attitude, Cousins is clearly building himself into a unique player with the Warriors. He’s taken a selfless approach to his return that is sure to help the Warriors in the future. It has only been five games since his return, but the Warriors are a +12.5 with Cousins on the court. That is more than you could’ve expected from Cousins, coming off of a devastating injury.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

G-F Jimmy Butler – 26 Jan 2019 – Day To Day (Wrist) – Butler was ruled OUT for Saturday’s (Jan 26) game.

F Wilson Chandler – 25 Jan 2019 – Day To Day (Hamstring) – The 76ers have listed Chandler as OUT for Saturday’s game (Jan. 26) against the Nuggets.

G Markelle Fultz – 29 Dec 2018 – Out (Shoulder/Wrist) – Fultz is progressing well in rehab and expects to return this season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

C Justin Patton – 12 Jan 2019 – Out (Foot) – Patton could return in early February, according to head coach Brett Brown.

G Zhaire Smith – 22 Dec 2018 – Out (Foot) – Smith has been working out every morning and is expected to play this season, according to Kyle Neubeck.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

F Jonas Jerebko – 25 Jan 2019 – Day To Day (Personal) – The Warriors have listed Jerebko as OUT for Saturday’s game (Jan. 26) against the Celtics.

C Damian Jones – 7 Dec 2018 – Out For Season (Torn Left Pectoral) – The Warriors announced that Jones had surgery on his torn left pectoral muscle. He’s expected to start rehab in six weeks. There is no timetable for his return.

Head-to-Head: Ben Simmons vs Stephen Curry

Ben Simmons

Point Guard/Power Forward | 6-10, 230lb (208cm, 104kg) | LSU | Exp. 2 Years

16.6 PPG | 8.2 APG | 9.5 RPG | 1.2 SPG | 0.8 BPG | 3.5 TOV | .571 FG% | .000 3P%

Stephen Curry

Point Guard | 6-3, 190lb (190cm, 86kg) | Davidson | Exp. 10 Years

29.3 PPG | 5.4 APG | 5.1 RPG | 1.2 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.8 TOV | .491 FG% | .446 3P%

Ben Simmons and Stephen Curry face-off in a match-up of two point guards that have revolutionized how modern NBA teams operate. Simmons, a 6’10 point guard with the strength of a power forward, has put on an all-star level season. Stephen Curry is the dead eye sniper he has always been and is now playing with a full-strength lineup that touts five all-stars.

Ben Simmons has grown to become the player that the Sixers have dreamed of him being. His speed is remarkable for a player his size, while his playmaking is at the same level as the NBA’s top guards. His offensive game needs to develop to meet his other skills though. While he can finish strong at the rim, he will need to navigate the swarming Warriors defence in order to produce offensively.

Stephen Curry is back to his high-scoring ways. Now that he is healthy, Curry is back to producing at an absolutely ridiculous clip. He now has four all-star mouths to feed, but his teammates will have to play off him rather than have him create for them. With so many options on the court, Curry will need to hone his playmaking skills even further to keep his teammates happy.

Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Golden State Warriors favoured over the Philadelphia 76ers by 9.5, with an over/under of 110.