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Warriors Aim For Positive Results vs. 76ers

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Updated: .March 14, 2017

By Charles Jay

Well, we have definitely seen a difference in the Golden State Warriors without Kevin Durant in the lineup, and we must say we are mildly surprised. But without the former Most Valuable Player, the Warriors have lost their overall lead in the Western Conference, and as a result, they may not have home court advantage throughout the playoffs. There is still a lot of hope, however, as they will be able to play eleven out of their last 16 games at home, and on Tuesday night they will play host to one of the weaker teams in the league, as the Philadelphia 76ers pay a visit to the Oracle Arena, with game time at 10:35 PM ET.

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Golden State has now lost three games in a row, and that included one encounter that was nationally televised but under bizarre circumstances, as they held all of their top players out of action, playing a skeleton crew of San Antonio’s as well. The result was a 107-85 loss, but that was three nights ago, so they do have two days to prepare and get ready for this one. At least Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will be fresh. How much they will play is another question. Philadelphia certainly hopes to have Robert Covington available; he has logged more minutes than anyone else on the team, but he has a knee injury and is listed as questionable.

In the NBA betting odds posted on this game, Golden State is naturally a big favorite:

Golden State Warriors -17
Philadelphia 76ers +17

Over 221 points -110
Under 221 points -110

Golden State is ranked second in the NBA in Defensive Rating, Offensive Rating and Pace. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is dead last in the Offensive Rating category, but when it comes to defending two-point shots, they are middle of the pack (50.4%), which is not so bad. Where they get themselves into some trouble is in the area of mistakes. Only one team in the NBA – the Brooklyn Nets – have registered more turnovers than the 76ers, and they had 22 of them the last time these teams tangled. That was on February 27th, a 119-108 Golden State victory in which the Sixers actually got the cover, since the Warriors were laying 14 points.

It might surprise some people to see that Philadelphia is the team that is much better against the oddsmaker this season, and certainly during a recent stretch. Although they have a 24-42 record, they are 41-24-1 against the basketball pointspread, covering 12 of their last 15 games. Golden State, tied with San Antonio now atop the Western Conference with a 52-14 record, is only 29-35-2 ATS, and they have dropped nine of their last 10 to the number. It should be noted as well that Golden State seems to let up against the lesser teams in the league, going just 9-22 ATS against clubs with a losing record. Meanwhile, Philadelphia has thrived against high-scoring teams (that is to say, those averaging more than 106 points per game), covering their last 11 in that situation. Golden State has also played eight of its last nine games under the total.

What does all this mean, you ask? We could conceivably go with a total in this one, but at the same time, we should not be afraid to grab points with an underdog, regardless of whether the Warriors might be a little angry after this losing streak and taking a beating against the Spurs. They don’t need to win by a lot; they only need to win. So we’ll take the points, as the Charles Jay/America’s Bookie Challenge continues on Tuesday night.

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