One of the worst teams in the NBA up against Stephen Curry and the Warriors? This one's going to get ugly. Who should we back with our NBA ATS picks tonight?
Looking at the NBA betting odds board, we find the Warriors favored by a huge number. They're laying 15 points at some sportsbooks and as many as 16 at others.
In terms of the total, we see an O/U of 204 to 204.5 on the board, which suggest a relatiely high tempo for tonight.
Don't look now, but the 76ers won their latest game and have gone a positive 4-3 over their last seven games overall. In that span, they've beaten, Minnesota, Detroit, Denver and Charlotte, four teams that haven't exactly been tearing it up this season. But still, this is the 76ers we're talking about here; any win is a good win.
In Saturday's 89-81 victory over the Hornets, Robert Covington was the highlight, scoring 22 points (with five threes) and also pulling down eight rebounds. Hollis Thompson scored 18 points off the bench and Nerlens Noel and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute combined for 25 points and 14 rebounds in the win. As a team, Philadelphia shot 39.2 percent, though defensively they made up for it by holding Charlotte to 34.5 percent shooting overall and 26.1 percent from three.
It remains to be seen whether Michael Carter-Williams will be good to go for tonight's game. He's sat out each of the team's last two contests with a foot injury, and there's a good chance the team will just decide to shut him down through the All-Star break. It's a situation worth monitoring, as the 76ers are much more competitive when MCW is out there on the court. If he has to sit, Tim Frazier is likely to pick up another start at the point.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors suffered a setback in Atlanta on Friday, but they quickly bounced back in a relatively easy 106-92 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden the next night. New York put up more of a fight than many expected, but ultimately Golden State's superior just-about-everything proved too much for Derek Fisher's squad.
Neither Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson had the best of games at the Garden, but they still totaled 38 points between them despite shooting a poor 13-of-40 from the floor combined. Draymond Green was the team's best player, as he finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. The Warriors shot 45.7 percent overall and an impressive 48.0 percent from beyond the arc, and also connected on 83.3 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
After that straightforward win over the Knicks, the Warriors get another cupcake of a game, this time against the tanking 76ers. Expect a lot of minutes for the bench once again this evening, though as you'll read below that isn't much of a concern.
Not much to say. The 76ers are tanking and couldn't really care less if they lose here, whereas the Warriors are chugging along and wanting every win they can get in the competitive West.
Thing is, even if (more likely when) Golden State gets up big, we're not nervous about the second and third units blowing the lead. The Warriors have one of the most talented benches in the NBA (David Lee, Andre Iguodala, Marreese Speights, etc.) and should be able to keep their foot on the gas and increase that lead, not let it slip away.
So while this may seem like a lot of points, we're not exactly terrified of a backdoor cover or anything. Golden State is on another level and should be able to crush the 76ers here. Back the Warriors with your NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -15 at 5Dimes