- Go to BetOnline or Bovada for the latest odds on the Warriors vs 76ers matchup
- Joel Embiid is leading the NBA scoring race with 33.2 points per game
- The game tips off from Chase Center at 10:00pm ET on Friday, March 24th
Here’s hoping Philadelphia (49-23) has both Joel Embiid and James Harden in the lineup for Friday’s game against Golden State (38-36). “The Beard” missed Wednesday’s win over the Bulls with Achilles soreness while the NBA MVP frontrunner sat out the second half with “mild right calf tightness.”
Meanwhile, the Warriors benefited from an officiating error to pick up just their ninth road victory of the year in Dallas. Before we break down this incredible matchup, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 NBA Finals and our tips for betting on the NBA.
Warriors vs 76ers
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+5.0 (-114)||+166||TBD|
|Golden State Warriors||-5.0 (-106)||-198||TBD|
Joel Embiid for MVP?
Joel Embiid has emerged as a -145 favorite to capture the 2023 NBA MVP. Warriors star Draymond Green agrees with the betting markets’ assesment, saying, “Right now in the MVP race, I think it’s Joel. I think it’s Joel’s award to lose.” While Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets have struggled of late, Philadelphia has won nine of their past 10 contests.
Averaging 33.2 points per game, the 76ers center leads the league in scoring. He’s also the anchor of Doc Rivers’ defense, hauling down 10.2 boards per contest with 1.7 blocks. Before missing the second half of Wednesday’s game in Chicago, Embiid had registered at least 30 points in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak in Sixers’ history.
“Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo is who I believe the MVP race has come down to…I think it's Joel's award to lose.”
– Draymond Green
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) March 22, 2023
Warriors love home cooking
With their 127-125 victory over Dallas on Wednesday, the Warriors won two road games in a row for the first time all season. The reigning champions are a miserable 9-29 away from home, but luckily they’ll be in Chase Center for Friday’s game against the Sixers, where they are an impressive 29-7.
Stuck in a log-jam of playoff teams in the Western Conference, Golden State hasn’t lost a home game since February 8th against the Lakers. However, their eight-game home win streak has gone largely unnoticed as they’re just 4-6 in their last 10 games overall.
Golden State vs Philadelphia
The Warriors are 5-point home favorites on Friday night. Looking for their eighth-straight victory away from home, the 76ers have the best road record in the NBA (23-12). They’re 20-15 against the spread in those games, covering 57.1% of the time. However, Steve Kerr’s club has the fourth-best home record in the league. At 24-11-1 ATS in Chase Center, no NBA team is better at covering at home.
While Golden State games inspire visions of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson draining countless 3-pointers, their home contests hit the UNDER 58.8% of the time (fifth-highest in NBA). That gets cancelled out though as Philly road matchups skew heavily towards the OVER (57.1).
— NBA Latam (@NBALatam) March 23, 2023
Golden State’s home-road splits make them the ultimate Jekyll & Hyde team this season, but you can always expect their best in the Bay Area. During their eight-game home-winning binge, the Warriors already have quality victories over the Suns, Bucks and Clippers.
With Embiid and Harden a bit beat up, we expect Philadelphia’s seven-game road win streak to finally come to an end.
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