Colossal Spread One of Biggest In Decade

When the best team and the worst team meet you can expect the spread to be fairly big, but when the Philadelphia 76ers travel to Golden State Sunday it is set to be the biggest of the NBA season. As of Sunday morning, the Warriors opened as astronomical -20.5 point favorites.

The largest closing chalk of the NBA season so far is -19, which Golden State faced when they hosted the lowly Milwaukee Bucks back in December. In fact, the Warriors have faced eight of the nine biggest closing spreads this year, but have only covered in three of those games.

The past decade has only seen seven NBA games close with a spread of -20.0 points or higher. Understandably, the faves have had a hard time covering such big chalk as they went just 3-4 ATS in those outings.

This will be the seventh game this season in which the 76ers will close as underdogs of +15.0 or more. Philly has gone 5-2 ATS in those seven games, but are just 2-2 ATS when getting spotted 15 points or more on the road.

These two teams have met once already this season, but that game was much closer than it probably should have been. The Warriors needed a last second three to avoid going to overtime against the terrible 76ers. Philadelphia went on a run in the fourth quarter that saw them outscore Golden State by 16 points in the frame.

Largest NBA Closing Spreads Since 2006
Date Away Home Closing Spread ATS Sportsbook
Marc 30, 2008 Miami Boston -22.5 Boston
November 27, 2009 New York Denver -21.5 New York
March 4, 2014 Philadelphia Oklahoma City -21.0 Oklahoma City
March 27, 2008 Miami Detroit -20.5 Miami
March 24, 2014 Philadelphia San Antonio -20.5 San Antonio
March 22, 2008 Seattle Utah -20.5 Seattle
April 11, 2015 Minnesota Golden State -20.0 Minnesota