The Philadelphia 76ers conclude a six-game road trip with a game against the team with the NBA’s best record, the Golden State Warriors, on Wednesday night. The opening tip is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Philadelphia is 2-3 on its current road swing, though it’s coming off a 102-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday. The 76ers are 10-8 and tied with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics for second place in the Atlantic Division. All three teams are sitting three games behind the first-place Brooklyn Nets.
Golden State has won four in a row, including a 119-104 home victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The Warriors are 15-2 and atop the Pacific Division, leading the second-place Phoenix Suns by one game.
The 76ers have been playing without All-Star center Joel Embiid for the last eight games and without forward Danny Green for the last four contests. Against Sacramento on Monday, Philadelphia was also without forward Tobias Harris and guard Seth Curry due to injuries, but the team’s depth carried it through.
“Guys stepped up tonight,” 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey said after Monday’s win. “We really buckled down defensively in the last four minutes. We got so many consecutive stops, and guys like Shake (Milton) hit big shots late. It was just a team collective effort.”
Maxey has emerged in his second season as a top scoring threat for the 76ers, leading the way with 24 points on Monday night. Maxey is averaging 18.7 points and 4.6 assists, though he’ll be busy on the defensive end against the Warriors on Wednesday night.
Harris should be able to go as he’s dealing with a hip injury. Philadelphia needs his offense against the high-powered Golden State attack. Harris is averaging 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
The Warriors have been rolling through their schedule and they could soon add a major piece to their lineup in guard Klay Thompson. Thompson has been going through full practices as he tries to make his first regular-season appearance since the 2018-19 campaign.
In the meantime, backcourt mate Stephen Curry has been doing his part to make the Warriors the league’s best, averaging 28.4 points to rank second in the NBA. Curry is also averaging 5.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.7 steals, looking as good as ever at age 33.
Forward Draymond Green continues to be one of the most versatile players in the league, averaging 7.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.1 steals. Green runs the show on both ends for Golden State, distributing the ball on the offensive end and making an impact on the defensive end.
The emergence of guard Jordan Poole has been a big part of the Warriors’ success. Poole is averaging a career-best 18.4 points in his first season starting and getting major minutes.
Even if Green and Harris can go in this one, the 76ers just don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Warriors. Golden State continues to roll with an easy victory at home.
When doing your NBA betting, take the Warriors to win and cover.