In this high caliber duel between two of the top-4 teams of each conference, the fourth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (40-22), who have lost only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the first in the West and defending champions Golden State Warriors (43-19), who are looking to end their current small and rare losing streak.
Date/Time: 03-02-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers +5.5
Philadelphia 76ers have a 40-22 record (29-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Thunder with a 108-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Tobias Harrris with 21.9 ppg and 7.8 boards per game, while Jimmy Butler adds 18.5 ppg and 5.1 boards.
Golden State Warriors have a 43-19 record (25-36-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with a 96-103 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Stephen Curry with 28.4 ppg, adding 5.3 boards and 5.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Kevin Durant with 27.5 ppg, 5.8 dimes and 6.9 boards per game.
In their previous meetings earlier this season the Sixers won on the road with a 104-113 score. Sixers have a 24-8 home record, while the Warriors are 20-11 on the road. Warriors are better offensively, scoring 118.6 ppg to Sixers’ 115.5 and both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 112 and 112.1 ppg. Warriors have better percentages both in field goals (48.9% to 47.4%) and in 3-pointers (38% to 36%). They are also better both in turnovers committed (13.5 to 15) and in dimes made (29.2 to 27.4), while Sixers are only better in boards grabbed (46.9 to 46.3). Warriors are struggling in their past couple of games and while Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Golden State Warriors vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-110)
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