December 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little (9) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
- The NBA-leading Golden State Warriors start a 5-game road trip against the 76ers
- Philadelphia’s 3-game win streak was snapped Thursday by the Utah Jazz
- The odds and matchups can be found below with a prediction
It’s fitting that the NBA on ABC Saturday night primetime schedule kicks off featuring the current best team in basketball.
It could also be historic, if Steph Curry catches fire.
The Golden State Warriors kick off a 5-game road trip in Philadelphia against the 76ers, looking to build on their 21-4 mark to start the season.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, will try to rebound after a drubbing at home at the hands of the Utah Jazz. Tip-off goes at 8:30pm ET from Wells Fargo Center, where the Warriors are 1.5-point road favorites.
Warriors vs 76ers Odds
|Golden State Warriors||-115||-1.5 (-110)||OFF|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-105||+1.5 (-110)||OFF|
Odds as of Dec 10 at BetMGM
NBA Record Watch For Curry
It was always just a matter of time, but Saturday night, Steph Curry could finally sit at the top of three-point throne. He’ll need to drill 10 three-pointers to surpass Ray Allen for the all-time mark of 2,973 makes.
Steph Curry knocks down 6 3PTS vs the Blazers. He needs 10 more to break Ray Allen’s career record.
Saturday: 76ers (ABC)
Monday: Pacers (NBATV)
Tuesday: Knicks (TNT)pic.twitter.com/LBN5zCChVl
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 9, 2021
It would be the first time this season the Dubs’ star would hit double-digit three-point makes in a game, though he’s drilled nine in a game four different times, while averaging a mind-boggling 5.5 makes per night.
Perhaps more astonishing than watching Curry shoot the basketball is the way the Warriors have clamped down defensively. Their level of excellence on that end of the floor is the reason they’re near the top of the NBA Championship odds.
Steph Curry is out there competing with his old self 😂 pic.twitter.com/z6mKbJPmA2
— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) December 10, 2021
Golden State is first in the NBA in defensive rating, points allowed (110.3) and field goal shooting defense at 42.4%. They’re also second in steals and in three-point shooting defense, limiting teams to a 32.2% clip.
JP with the steal and the 3 for the Warriors! 🔥pic.twitter.com/VxukrSQ8sv
— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) December 9, 2021
Their defense was front and center last time out in a 104-94 win over the Blazers. Their defense helped them overcome a season-worst 39.8% shooting effort. It was the 12th time this season GState held an opponent to under 100 points in a game this season, tops in the association.
Sixers Face Another Tough West Test
Philadelphia will get a look at another one of the elite West clubs, after the Utah Jazz laid the wood to them in a 118-96 beating Thursday night.
Philly shot just 43.2% from the field in the loss, including a dreadful 6-for-33 from downtown, a lowly 18.2% clip.
You want us to watch Rudy Gobert? The thing that killed Joel Embiid?
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) December 10, 2021
With Ben Simmons still in limbo with his situation, the formula for success is pretty clear: hope Joel Embiid dominates every single night.
Since returning from COVID health and safety protocols, Embiid has mostly delivered — he’s the only player to average better than 27 points and 12 boards in this nearly two-week span.
Embiid shouldn’t be able to do this at his size pic.twitter.com/j1nr1fRpTY
— Michael K-B (@therealmikekb) December 9, 2021
His production is directly tied into the how the Sixers perform. In the three games he’s gone sub-20 points, Philly is 1-2, including his 19-point effort against Utah.
In every other game, the big man is putting up 36.3 points per night, including a pair of 40-bombs, and the Sixers are 3-1. He’ll need to feast on the undersized Warriors to give his team a shot.
Warriors vs 76ers Pick
This has been a wildly lopsided head-to-head in recent years, as the Warriors own a 14-3 mark in their last 17 contests. Golden State has already taken the first game of this two-game season series.
Embiid was just wrapping up his stint on the COVID list, as the Warriors beat the 76ers 116-96. Seth Curry led the way for Philly, scoring 24, while Tyrese Maxey had 19. Steph Curry led the Dubs with 25 points, as the Warriors had six players score in double-digits.
Steph Curry on where he might break the 3-point record (Phi, Ind, NYK, Bos): “You can create a narrative for any of these next four games. Seth tomorrow. Knowing what Reggie meant to Indiana. The Garden speaks for itself. Boston, where Ray passed Reggie.”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 11, 2021
Golden State owns the second-best record against the spread with a 17-7-1 mark — along with Cleveland, they’re the only two teams above a 70% rate. Philly is also 1-4 ATS as a home ‘dog.
Look for the Dubs to kick off their road swing in prime-time style.
The Pick: Warriors -1.5 (-110)
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