Warriors vs. 76ers Prediction
A pair of contenders that failed to meet high expectations in the month off February will meet Saturday night in Philadelphia where the 76ers will host the Golden State Warriors at 8:30 p.m. ET. Following back-to-back losses, will the Warriors regroup as a 5-point road favorite?
8:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 2, 2019
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Warriors are 5-point favorites to beat the 76ers. The total, meanwhile, sits at 236.5 points and as of this writing, 61% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Warriors to cover the point spread.
Golden State Warriors Fantasy Spin
Klay Thompson is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the 76ers with right knee soreness. This will be Golden State's third game in four nights and coach Steve Kerr recently mentioned the possibility of more rest for his key players, so maybe that's what's going on here. If Thompson does sit, Andre Iguodala (illness) would get a bump if he's healthy, while Alfonzo McKinnie would be looking at more run as well.
Philadelphia 76ers Fantasy Spin
Joel Embiid (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Warriors. The 76ers won't have him for the national TV game against the champs and it'll be his fifth game in a row out of the lineup. Boban Marjanovic is also not going to play, so Jonah Bolden will likely get another start after his 14-point, 20-minute game on Thursday. Mike Scott could also be a factor, especially if the 76ers are trailing later in the game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Warriors are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games when facing an opponent with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.
The 76ers are 21-6 against the spread in their last 27 home games versus an opponent with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.
I thought if the Warriors were going to rebound and put forth their best effort, it would have been Thursday night in Orlando given how well the Magic were playing. But Golden State is out of sync as coach Steve Kerr attempts to keep his squad healthy for yet another deep playoff run. As Kerr himself noted, the Warriors have a lot of lineup combinations that haven’t played together for long stretches, which has led to some efficiency issues on both sides of the court. Meanwhile, the Sixers miss Embiid, but newcomer Tobias Harris is settling in nicely, averaging 26 points on 57.8 percent shooting in Philly’s last four games. I’ll take the points but wouldn’t be surprised if the Sixers win outright.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers +5