Preview: Sixers at Warriors
The 76ers will look to extend their road winning streak tonight in San Fransico without the aid of starters Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson. This will be the fifth consecutive game with no Embiid or Simmons in the starting lineup, third without all three.
In his first game back, Steph Curry showed the NBA that Warriors are a different animal with him in the starting lineup. He returned to action going for 23 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds in the 8 point loss to the Toronto Raptors. However, he was just ruled out of the game due to “Illness”. It seems like he may have caught the Shake Milton Flu. Draymond Green will also be sidelined for his 5th straight game (knee).
Latest Warriors injury report has Steph Curry (illness) and Draymond Green (knee soreness) listed as out tonight.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 7, 2020
Tobias Harris really stepped into the leadership role Thursday night, stuffing the stat sheet with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Tobias wanted to come out swinging in this game and it was palpable with 19 of his 28 coming in the first half of action. Tobias has been extremely successful within the absence of Joel and Ben, scoring more than 26ppg he is giving the Sixers exactly what they paid for. He will undoubtedly play a huge role for us in the Chase Center tonight.
Al Horford was an incredible +41 on the floor against the Kings while only scoring 18 points. The effect he had on the game on both sides was very evident. Going forward, we desperately need this version of Al to be playing. With Embiid most likely returning on Wednesday, we could push our way back to a Home playoff series with contributions like this from Al off the bench.
When you get a +41 on the stat sheet, you ring our bell.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 6, 2020
Alec Burks had a nice contribution off the bench netting 17 points (3-6 from 3). Coming back to play against the team who traded him, I am looking for a solid game from Alec. I believe he will go for 15+ again tonight, proving to the Warriors he was the wrong player to trade.
Key to the Game
Take care of the basketball.
The Sixers only committed 12 turnovers as a team in Sacramento. This was a huge reason they dominated that matchup. Shake Milton as the primary ball handler is only averaging 1.4 TOs, which is an insane number. If the Sixers can limit their turnovers like this again, they will have a great shot at dominating again.
While the Sixers are absolutely dreadful on the road, I am sensing a bit of a momentum swing coming off the dominating performance in Sacramento. I feel like it is paramount for Al and Tobias to make a statement as the interim stars in this lineup.
Total Points Over 221.5
Much like the Kings, the Warriors almost always have a team that will score 120 points by themselves. On top of that, each of the Sixers’ last 4 games has all gone over.