Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State. Shape of the Teams

The injury-ridden Philadelphia 76ers host the Golden State Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. The 76ers, still missing Joel Embiid and a ton of other players, might struggle against the improving Golden State Warriors.

The return of Draymond Green seems to have really alleviated a ton of pressure across the Golden State’s roster, showcasing how important he is, even if the numbers don’t show it.

In particular, Green picks up a lot of the slack on the defensive side of the ball, allowing players like Andrew Wiggins more breathing room to sag off defenders and play the passing lanes.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, is really struggling with the injury bug as of late, with Embiid slated to be out for 6-8 weeks. While this won’t automatically take Philadephia out of the contending picture, they can’t dominate teams like the Warriors without the big man.

Tyrese Maxey has certainly upped his production this year, but with him at the helm, they are closer to a middle-of-the-pack team – just like Golden State.

Odds via Tonybet

Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State Warriors  February 7, 5:30 p.m ET
Philadelphia odds  +107
Golden State odds  -118
Philadelphia spread +3.5 -139
Golden State -3.5 +109

Like the Joel Embiid-less 76ers, Golden State is a middle-of-the-pack team, but they still have their star. Stephen Curry continues to show out night after night, showcasing why he is the best shooter in NBA history with legendary shooting splits as of late.

It’s just unfortunate that his play hasn’t translated to a ton of wins, but then again, Klay Thompson really hasn’t been that reliable, and Andrew Wiggins +- is still atrocious. If Curry’s supporting pieces step it up, they could be a really good team, but for now, they’re average.

However, that average is more than enough to give the 76ers a hard time, as they have been dropping games left and right over the last two weeks. 

Maxey just hasn’t really been a team leader thus far in his career, so without Joel Embiid on the court, the losses will likely start to pile up. Wednesday’s matchup may go the distance, but it might be difficult for the Philadelphia 76ers to keep up by the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State Odds, Prediction

If Joel Embiid was able to play, it would be a different story, but we have to give it to the Golden State Warriors going into this NBA game. Stephen Curry should be able to out-duel Tyrese Maxey, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green provide some much-needed support.

Curry, in particular, has been going on an absolute rampage over the last five games, averaging 38.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists and even dropping 60 on the Atlanta Hawks. His shooting splits have been equally impressive, at 45.5% from deep and 53.1% true shooting.

The 76ers will have to pick their poison between playing help side against Curry or giving easy shots to the likes of Klay Thomspon and Draymond Green. Klay and Green may not be the players they were a decade ago, but they can still burn you.

That being said, it’s not like the Philadelphia 76ers are a lost cause or anything – they’re simply adapting to the absence of their franchise player.

Maxey continues to put up solid numbers every night, with Tobias Harris and Kelly Oubre Jr. stepping it up slightly. And while Mo Bamba certainly isn’t the strongest centre in the league, he’s a strong shot blocker and can at least clog up the paint.

Additionally, there’s a decent chance Draymond Green will sit out for the match against Philly with a right knee contusion, which should give Bamba more room to breathe.

With how the Philadelphia 76ers have been playing as of late, there’s a decent chance they will manage to hang around until late in the match before fumbling the dub. Looking at Philly’s last several showings, they just don’t have a franchise guy to carry the team in tight fourth quarters with Embiid.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State Player Pick and Betting Tip

As we mentioned above, Curry has continued to play at an all-time level into 2024, dropping multiple 30+ point games in the new year. Notably, he scored 46 against the Los Angeles Lakers on 48.6% true shooting and dropped 60 on Atlanta, shooting an incredible 57.9% from the field.

Adding insult to injury for Philly fans, Patrick Beverley is on your team. To those who may not know, Pat Bev and Curry have some beef, and he’s been known to show out and run up the score purely out of spite. 

That’s all to say, while there is no guarantee Curry will score even 20 points, based on his recent play, scoring over 28.5 isn’t all that unlikely. His shooting from deep has been fantastic as always, and if Draymond Green doesn’t lace up, he’ll only have even more shot attempts.

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