Game: Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Odds: Warriors +8, 76ers -8
The big news heading into tonight’s Warriors-Sixers game in Philadelphia is the shoulder injury to Golden State star Stephen Curry. The eight-time All-Star will be unavailable for tonight’s game. Curry will miss consecutive games for the first time this season after being diagnosed with a labral injury in his left shoulder. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
On Wednesday night, Curry was hurt with 2:04 left in the third quarter of what ended up being a 125-119 road loss to the Indiana Pacers. Curry clutched his shoulder and left the court after attempting to steal the ball from Jalen Smith of the Pacers. Curry had scored 38 points up to that point. The injury could have been worse, but the Warriors’ play on the road this year is a huge concern. The defending NBA champions are just 2-13 away from home this season.
The Warriors will also be without Andrew Wiggins who missed his fifth straight game on Wednesday. Klay Thompson also missed Wednesday’s game needing some rest on the second leg of a back-to-back. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has said this has been a difficult period for his team. Kerr also said that it will become more difficult and his team will have to keep fighting.
The Sixers have won three straight and Joel Embiid has been a big reason why. Philadelphia also got James Harden back from injury and he has steadily gotten better since returning from a foot injury. In games against the Hornets on Sunday and the Kings on Tuesday, Harden became the first player in franchise history to record at least 15 points and 15 assists in back-to-back games.
Only Maurice Cheeks and Harden had ever recorded 15 or more assists in back-to-back games for Philadelphia. In a 123-103 victory over the Kings, Harden had 21 points, 15 assists, seven rebounds, and five steals. The increase in Harden’s stats can be attributed to head coach Doc Rivers frequently setting up his guard in the low post.
With his 31 points on Tuesday, Embiid led the way and has averaged a league-best 39.2 points over his last five games dating back to December 2. The Sixers will be without Tyrese Maxey for the 13th straight game. Maxey suffered a broken left foot.
Golden State is 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS in its last five games. They have had some success against the Sixers winning 14 of the last 18 against Philly. They are only 5-10 ATS in the last 15 games with the Sixers and just 3-12 ATS in the last 15 trips to Philadelphia. The Warriors are also 3-12 ATS in their 15 road games this season.
Philadelphia is 10-5 SU and 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games. In their last 10 games at home, the Sixers have covered the spread in all 10 games. The Over is 4-1 in Philly’s last five games, but the Under is 4-1 in the last five Warriors-Sixers games.
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