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Warriors Are BIG Underdogs in Philadelphia

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers are favorites over the Golden State Warriors.

Thanks to Steph Curry, Golden State (28-29 SU, 27-30 ATS) enters action just a couple of games out of eighth spot in the Western Conference standings. But it will be tough for the Warriors to gain ground tonight when they visit the East-leading 76ers (39-17, 30-23-3), who opened as 7.5-point favorites.

Golden state Warriors vs Philadelphia 76ers
  • Date/Time: April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Wells Fargo Center
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: 76ers -7.5 | O/U 226.5 (Line History)
  • Warriors vs 76ers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Philadelphia has been a popular bet in early action, moving the Sixers from an opener of -7.5 to as high as -9 at the time of writing Monday morning. The 76ers were 4-point road favorites when they beat Golden State 108-98 last month.

Golden State News & Notes

Curry continued his historic scoring run Saturday with 47 points in a 119-114 loss at Boston that snapped the Warriors’ 4-0 SU and ATS streak. Curry, who hit 11 of 17 shots from behind the arc and 15 of 27 overall, has now scored at least 30 points in 10 straight games — making him the first player age 33 or older to accomplish that feat since Kobe Bryant in 2012.

That streak could be in jeopardy tonight, however, if Curry is slowed by a sore ankle that he turned late in the fourth quarter against Boston. Curry, who remained in the game after hurting his ankle and hit several threes down the stretch, was listed as questionable at the time of writing. Golden State is 1-7 SU when its sharpshooter doesn’t suit up.

The Warriors, who are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games, will be without forward Juan Toscano-Anderson after the sparkplug suffered a concussion diving for a loose ball on Saturday. On the bright side for the Dubs, guard Kelly Oubre Jr. could return from a wrist injury that has sidelined him for the past 10 days.

Philadelphia News & Notes

As hot as Curry has been for the Warriors lately, Joel Embiid isn’t far behind. Philly’s big man has been busy strengthening his case for league MVP, scoring at least 36 points in each of his last three games.

Embiid scored 36 and added a game-high 14 rebounds Friday to lead Philadelphia to its fourth straight victory, a 106-103 win over the Clippers. The game stayed comfortably below the total of 218.5, moving Philly to 6-1 to the UNDER in its last seven.

Despite playing without second-leading scorer Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and Dwight Howard, the Sixers opened Friday’s game on a 20-3 run on the way to snapping the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak.

Harris (knee), Curry (hip tightness) and Howard (knee) are all considered day to day going into Monday’s contest vs the Warriors. Furkan Korkmaz, who has scored at least 18 points in three of his last four games, and Mike Scott replaced Harris and Curry in the starting lineup Friday.

Betting Pick: Warriors +9.5

The Warriors have lost by double digits just once in their last 11 games and are fighting for their playoff lives, while the Sixers could let down coming off big wins over the Clippers and Nets.

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Shark Bites
  • Golden State is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last 5 games.
  • The UNDER is 6-1 in Philadelphia’s last 7 games.
  • Philadelphia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 at home vs Golden State.