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The Golden State Warriors are being carried on their shoulders by veteran Stephen Curry who scored 47 points in a 119-114 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Prior to the loss, Golden State had won four straight. With his 47 points on Saturday, Curry became the first player 33 years of age or older to score 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games since Kobe Bryant. Golden State is 28-29 and sits fourth in the Pacific Division 12 ½ games behind first-place Phoenix.
Philadelphia continued its recent run of success with a 106-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Philadelphia has won four straight and five of the last six. The 76ers sit at the top of the Atlantic division at 39-17 and hold a one-game lead over the second-place Brooklyn Nets. Joel Embiid scored 36 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in Philadelphia’s victory over Los Angeles that snapped the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak.
Golden State Remains in Hunt for Postseason Berth
Golden State is in 9th place in the Western Conference tied with the San Antonio Spurs and would have a play-in game against the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies if the season ended today. Golden State is being propelled by veteran point guard Stephen Curry who is leading the Warriors in scoring with an average of 31.0 points per game. Golden State is scoring an average of 113.0 points per game and Curry’s average represents 27.4% of the Warriors’ total scoring. The leader in assists is Draymond Green with an average of 8.6 per game and the Warriors average 27.5 assists per contest while turning the ball over an average of 14.6 times for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9.
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Golden State is allowing an average of 113.0 points per game which is 21st in the NBA and part of the reason is a lack of overall rebounding but especially on the defensive end. The Warriors average 42.5 boards per contest which is 25th in the league. The leading rebounder is Draymond Green with an average of 6.6 boards per contest. Golden State averages 8.3 steals and 4.8 blocked shots per contest. Green is the leader in steals with an average of 1.6 per game and Andrew Wiggins is the swat leader with an average of 0.8 blocked shots per game.
Injury Report: Eric Paschall is out until late April, while Kelly Oubre Jr is out indefinitely and James Wiseman and Klay Thompson are out for the season
Philadelphia defense coming up big
Philadelphia has won each of its last four games and is holding opponents to an average of 102.0 points per game during that span, while overall Philadelphia is seventh in the NBA with an average of 109.4 points allowed per game. On the boards, Philadelphia is averaging 45.7 rebounds per game with 35.7 on the defensive end and 10.4 per game off the offense glass. Joel Embiid is the leading rebounder with an average of 11.1 rebounds per game. Philadelphia’s defense is averaging 8.9 steals and 6.3 blocked shots per contest. Ben Simmons is the leader in steals with an average of 1.6 per game and Matisse Thybulle is the swat commando for Philadelphia with a team-high 1.0 blocked shots per game.
Philadelphia’s offense is no slouch as the 76ers are averaging 113.7 points per game and shoot 47.6% overall and 36.8% from long distance. Embiid Is the scoring leader for Philadelphia with an average of 30.0 points per game, while Tobias Harris is second with an average of 20.5 points per game. Ben Simmons is the dish-king for Philadelphia with a team-high average of 7.1 assists per contest. Philadelphia is averaging 23.2 assists and 14.2 turnovers for a below-average 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Injury Report: Seth Curry, Tobias Harris and Dwight Howard are questionable for Monday, while George Hill is out until late April
- Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in its last nine at home on Monday
- Golden State is 2-6 ATS in the last eight on the road
The Bottom Line
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Philadelphia 76ers have just too much up front and in the paint for Golden State. The Warriors are without rookie big man James Wiseman and will be facing the likes of Joel Embiid, who is scoring 30.0 points per game, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons, who can drive the lane on a regular basis and either score or dish off. Philadelphia’s defense, which is 7th in the NBA and over the last four games has held opponents to only 102.0 points per game, will give up points to Golden State star Stephen Curry but will shut down the rest of the Warriors’ offense. Golden State has failed to cover the spread in six of the last eight played on the road and the Warriors will be playing their fourth consecutive game away from home.
Philadelphia 76ers -8
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Full-Game Total Pick
The Philadelphia defense is the seventh-best in the NBA in points allowed and has given up an average of only 102.0 points per game over the last five games played. The total has finished in six of Philadelphia’s last seven and in 13 of the last 19 games that Philadelphia has played against Golden State. The total has also finished under in six of Golden State’s last nine games against a team from the Atlantic division.