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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors: Odds, picks, predictions, injuries, TV & more

It's a busy night in the Association on Wednesday with 14 teams taking the court and one game that is expected to gain a lot of attention features the Philadelphia 76ers hosting the Golden State Warriors.

The 76ers just lost Joel Embiid for the next few weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Embiid suffered the injury late in the January 30 game against the Warriors, which Golden State won 119-107.

It’s a huge loss for Philly, which is rallying to stay in the top five in the Eastern Conference. On the other side, the Warriors are looking to get back to .500, and a win here would be a step in the right direction.

Since the Sixers are without Embiid, they have been named 2.5-point underdogs.

Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, and Kelly Oubre Jr. have done a great job of carrying the extra offensive load, but that won’t be easy against Golden State.

Let’s take a look at this matchup and see if Steph Curry and the Warriors can give the 76ers another loss without Embiid.

Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds

GS Warriors-180 ML
PHI 76ers+150 ML
SpreadGS Warriors -4.0
Total PointsO/U 237.5

Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Information

WhereWells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 7
How to watchESPN

Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Predictions

Warriors vs. 76ers over 237.5 points (-110)

In the three games since Embiid got hurt, the 76ers have averaged 116.7 points per game. That shows that the 76ers can still score without their top man.

However, also in those three games the Sixers have allowed an average of 126 points per game. The loss of Embiid in the paint has allowed teams to attack Philadelphia on the inside.

Without their best rim protector, the Sixers are going to keep struggling on defense. That’s going to be a problem against the Warriors since Jonathan Kuminga will be in the paint.

Although the Warriors don’t have Klay Thompson playing at his usual elite level, they have gotten excellent minutes out of Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski.

Plus, Curry is still one of the best scorers in the league from the perimeter, so the Warriors have a solid offensive attack.

In their last six games, the Warriors have averaged 126.7 points per game. Offense is Golden State’s priority and its defense has been below average this season, allowing the eighth-most points per game with 118.4. This game should be high-scoring from the start and see at least 240 points.

Jonathan Kuminga over 19.5 points (-150)

Kuminga has been the rising star of the Warriors this season. In November, he averaged barely over 11 points per game. He was a solid option off the bench, but he was behind Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green.

However, after Green’s suspension and Wiggins’ injury, an opportunity became available for Kuminga in the starting lineup. He took full advantage of his chance and averaged 20.6 points per game in January, while he has averaged 24.3 points per game in three games in February. 

When these teams met two weeks ago in Golden State, Kuminga faced Joel Embiid and still scored 26 points on 11/19 from the field. Now, the Sixers are without Embiid and a lot more vulnerable in the paint - Sixers backup center Mo Bamba has a better defensive rating than Embiid, but opponents shoot about four percent better against Bamba compared to Embiid. 

Kuminga has scored at least 20 points in nine of the last 10 games, so all signs point to him continuing the streak on Wednesday.

Golden State Warriors Injury Report

PF Draymond Green (knee) - Questionable
SF Andrew Wiggins (foot) - Probable
PG Chris Paul (hand) - Out

Philadelphia 76ers Injury Report

C Joel Embiid (knee) - Out
PF Nicolas Batum (hamstring) - Out
SG De'Anthony Melton (back) - Out

Warriors vs. 76ers Stats

One of the key factors for this game will be how Golden State shoot from the perimeter. Steph Curry and the Warriors average nearly 40 three-point attempts per game, which is the fourth most in the league.

Curry alone will attempt at least 10, so he’s been the main reason the Warriors are so high on that list. But shooting from the perimeter has worked for the Warriors this season - about 20 percent of their shots come from cuts and off-ball screens which get outside shooters open.

However, the 76ers allow teams to shoot just 34.5% from three-point land - the third-worst rate in basketball.

The Sixers will have to rethink their offense, as they have been doing in the three games since Embiid's injury. Coach Nick Nurse likes to get Embiid and fellow All-Star Tyrese Maxey in isolation situations, and Embiid's post-up game was a big part of Philly's offense.

These teams rank seventh and eighth in points per game this season, so offense shouldn’t be a problem. In the end, it will be interesting to see which team can play better defense, particularly without Embiid's elite abilities at that end of the floor.

Head-to-Head

The 76ers and Warriors have met once so far this season, when the Warriors won 119-107 on January 30. Wednesday's game is the final time these teams will meet in the 2024 regular season.

Golden State Warriors156 wins
Philadelphia 76ers170 wins

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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