The daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips for the red-hot Golden State Warriors’ clash with the under-strength Philadelphia 76ers.

NBA Tips – Philadelphia 76ers @ Golden State Warriors

14:00 (AEDT), Thu 25th Nov @ Chase Center, San Francisco

History: Played 355: 76ers 189 V Warriors 166

Last meeting: April 19, 2021: Warriors 107 d 76ers 96 at Wells Fargo Center

Final Thoughts: The NBA-leading Golden State Warriors host a Philadelphia 76ers line-up battling on without their marquee man and facing injury and illness concerns on several other fronts.

The 15-2 Warriors have won their last four and boast the league’s best cover record (12-4-1). After a string of high-scoring performances from Steph Curry, the vastly improved Jordan Poole has top-scored in the Warriors’ last two games, dropping 32 points in a 105-102 win in Detroit (with Curry and Draymond Green rested) and 33 in a 119-104 cruise at home against the Raptors.

Andrew Wiggins has also been in excellent form, scoring 59 points across the two victories. Defensive Player of the Year contender Draymond Green’s influence has been integral to Golden State’s hot start, averaging 7.9 rebounds and 7.6 assists.

The Warriors are the NBA’s top-ranked defensive unit and are second offensively. The 76ers are an impressive third in the offensive ratings, but a lowly 24th on the other side of the ball.

Threadbare Sixers line-up turns corner

The 10-8 Sixers have played their last eight games without Joel Embiid. But after losing five straight following their leader’s COVID-19 standdown, they have rallied with wins over the Nuggets (103-89) and Kings (102-94) either side of a loss to the Blazers (118-111) in their past three. This assignment marks the end of a gruelling six-game roadstand.

With the Ben Simmons standoff continuing and Tobias Harris and Seth Curry also missing games, Tyrese Maxey has stepped up massively. The 21-year-old, who had started just eight NBA games before this year, has scored 22-plus points in six of Philadelphia’s last seven games. Meanwhile, Andre Drummond continues to dominate the boards, pulling down 23 rebounds in Sacramento.

Seth Curry’s match-up with his megastar brother is in doubt, while Harris is also listed as questionable.

The Warriors have won 13 of their last 16 against the 76ers. But the six clashes over the past two season have been split three apiece. Last season Tobias Harris (25 pts, 13 reb) starred in a 108-98 Sixers win in San Francisco, while Steph Curry’s 49 points negated a strong all-round showing from Joel Embiid (28 pts, 13 reb, 8 ast) in the Warriors’ 107-96 victory in Philadelphia.

The return of Seth Curry and Harris would a huge boost to the Sixers’ hopes of an upset, or at least keeping this close. But the Warriors have won 10 of their last 12 games by double digits and the depleted Sixers are likely to be in for a torrid night at the end of an arduous road trip.

Tip: Handicap – Warriors -10.5 @ $1.93

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