Golden State vs Philadelphia: prediction for the NBA match
Golden State Warriors
Golden State continue to bag victory after victory. In most recent matches they beat Cleveland (104:89), Detroit (105:102) and Toronto (119:104). In the current season Steve Kerr decided to change the strategy. Now team turned attention to defending their own rim. As we see, Warriors are pretty successful, it is hard to break their defense.
Since the start of the regular season Stephen Curry and co suffered only two matches. Warriors were beaten by Memphis and Charlotte. But despite that they are at the top of the standings at the West.
Doc Rivers' men are still playing without Joel Embiid. The absence of that player is a big loss for the Sixers. Nothing is going right for the 76ers without the Cameroonian player. They are losing many games and are going down in the standings.
In three previous matches Philadelphia recorded two victories. You may thought that Philadelphia is coming out of the crisis. But everything is not so obvious here. Denver played without Nikola Jokic, Sacramento recently changed the head coach. Those teams are hampered by various problems as well, so Sixers' success shouldn't be overestimated.
In 3 out of 5 most recent matches Sixers failed to beat that total
Beal averages 21,9 points per game on away matches
Without Embiid Philadelphia is unable to score many points. Rivers' men are playing too slowly. In five most recent matches they averaged 102,8 points per game. We think that this time Sixers will score even less points, because Golden State is a great defensive team.
We think that Philadelphia will fail this match, so we are not expecting a high-scoring game.
Our prediction - total under 220 points
We are not expecting Rivers' men to break the Golden State's defense. It will be extremely hard to do without Joel Embiid. We think that Pennsylvania team won't be able to put up a fight.
Our second prediction - Handicap (-8,5) points on Golden State