Golden State Warriors vs Philadelphia 76ers: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers

Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

When: Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ABC | 97.5 The Fanatic, 95.7 The Game

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 308-82 | GSW}

The Golden State Warriors sit atop the NBA’s Western Conference with a mere half game separating them from the Denver Nuggets in second place. A recent loss to the Miami Heat put a dampener on their short-term goals, but a team of their quality is unlikely to falter for the remainder of the regular season.

Unfortunately for the Golden State Warriors, they are on a two-game losing streak in the middle of this four-game road trip. They’ve failed to execute in crunch time against the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic, which has cost them their comfortable lead in the West.

The Warriors face off with a Philadelphia squad riding high off of a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Though they faced an undermanned squad, the Sixers put forward an impressive team effort led by new acquisition Tobias Harris. The Warriors have struggled in the lasts few games to protect the paint, they’ll have to rectify that issue against the interior charging Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers (Home)

Head Coach: Brett Brown {All-Time 167-305 | SAS}

The Philadelphia 76ers are finally making their push for one of the top three spots in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 40-22, the Sixers are just a half game out from tying the Indiana Pacers for third in the East. A recent win over the Oklahoma City Thunder showed that they can compete with some of the NBA’s best – despite injuries on both sides.

In their last nine games, the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t been able to maintain the consistency for a major run. They’ve taken care of the weaker teams that they’ve faced off against, but have faltered when challenged by the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Portland Trail Blazers.

The Sixers will be tested to their fullest when they take on the Golden State Warriors. The reigning champions are coming off of back-to-back losses against the Magic and Heat and are surely planning on rectifying their problems abasing the Sixers. It was a singularly impressive effort by Tobias Harris to help take down the Thunder, but the Sixers can’t afford to play hero-ball against the Warriors.

What’s At Stake?

It has been a rather one-sided series when the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers meet. In 110 games all-time, the Warriors lead the Sixers 63-47.

A win for the Warriors would give them a single game lead over the Nuggets who are in second place.

A win for the Philadelphia 76ers would bring them even with the Indiana Pacers who are third in the Eastern Conference.

Questions to answer

Why has Curry been struggling?

Has Ben Simmons already adapted to his new squad?

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

Curry Has Been Inefficient

Not many players can post a line of 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists and still draw criticism for their performance. Unfortunately for Curry, the dagger-play that sealed the fate of the Warriors came at his expense and a blow-by by DJ Augustin.

In that match against the Orlando Magic, Curry seemed flat. He was 12-33 on the evening and 5-17 from three. While his role as a volume shooter came about due to the lack of Kevin Durant in the lineup, the perimeter defense of the Orlando Magic made it incredibly difficult for him.

All signs point to Curry being fatigued. He is very much more than just a shooter but the burden of responsibility on Curry was lightened via the acquisition of multiple all-stars for a reason. When teams can focus in on Curry, the Warriors have less playmaking to draw from. With Durant back in the lineup, expect Curry to be more selective in his shooting.

Simmons Is Playing Excellently With Many New Pieces

It isn’t just the acquisition of Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris that was messing with the Sixers chemistry after the All-Star Break. The Sixers also boast a shocking five players that are in and out of the lineup with injuries.

In that time though, the Sixers have been led admirably by point guard Ben Simmons. In the Sixers win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Australian posted an impressive triple-double. 11 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and 4 turnovers detail Simmons’ line.

Stat-stuffer is a common title given to players of Simmons’ ability but he’s doing it in a different way compared to the usual energy players. Simmons at the point of attack is no longer hyper-aggressive in attacking the rim. From contributing on the offensive boards to initiating the fast-break on his own, this new mature Ben Simmons clearly trusts the talent around him to produce.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

G-F Andre Iguodala – 28 Feb 2019 – Day To Day (Illness) – Iguodala did not play in Thursday’s game (Feb. 28) against the Magic.

C Damian Jones – 21 Feb 2019 – Out (Torn Left Pectoral) – There is a chance that Jones may return sometime in May during the playoffs, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

C Joel Embiid – 28 Feb 2019 – Day To Day (Left Knee Soreness) – Embiid did not play in Thursday’s game (Feb. 28) against the Thunder.

G Furkan Korkmaz – 26 Feb 2019 – Out (Torn Right Meniscus) – Korkmaz will be out at least another four weeks.

C Boban Marjanovic – 26 Feb 2019 – Out (Right Bone Bruise and Sprain) – Marjanovic will be re-evaluated in five-to-seven days.

G Shake Milton – 5 Feb 2019 – Out (Finger) – Milton broke his finger and there is no timetable for his return, according to Rich Hofmann of The Athletic.

G Zhaire Smith – 13 Feb 2019 – Out (Foot) – The 76ers expect Smith to make a return this year, according to Serena Winters of NBCS Philadelphia.

Head-to-Head: Kevin Durant (GSW) vs Tobias Harris (PHI)

Kevin Durant

Small Forward | 6-9, 240lb (206cm, 108kg) | Texas | Exp. 11 Years

27.5 PPG | 5.8 APG | 6.9 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 1.2 BPG | 3.0 TOV | .514 FG% | .364 3P%

Tobias Harris

Power Forward | 6-9, 235lb (206cm, 106kg) | Tennessee | Exp. 7 Years

21.1 PPG | 2.7 APG | 7.8 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 1.9 TOV | .503 FG% | .432 3P%

Two of the NBA’s most capable isolation scorers will go one-on-one when the Sixers and the Warriors meet. In a recent game against the Thunder, Harris was able to singularly lead the Sixers to a win. For Durant, his absence in a loss to the Orlando Magic was felt across the board.

For the first time this season Kevin Durant was rested against the Orlando Magic. There’s little excuse for a team of five all-stars to fail to produce when they only field four of those players, but Durant’s absence was felt on both ends of the court. His defensive length would’ve been valuable against the Magic on the interior and his offensive production simply can’t be reproduced fractionally by replacing him with Alfonzo McKinnie. Expect a big night from Durant to spur his team on.

Tobias Harris was brilliant in his last match against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He posted 32 points on 11-19 from the field and 5-7 from three. The dynamic forward couldn’t be matched by any Thunder defender, especially with George unavailable for the match. The Warriors don’t own a stronger defense than the Thunder, but their offense will test Harris more on the defensive end. It will be interesting to see if Harris’ two-way play can keep up.

Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers Predictions and Odds

The oddsmakers have the Golden State Warriors favored over the Philadelphia 76ers by 5, with an over/under of 110.