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NBA 2018-19: Predicted Starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Golden State Warriors vs Philadelphia 76ers

Mohit_Joshi
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614   //    02 Mar 2019, 18:55 IST

Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

The Philadelphia 76ers who edged out the Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Golden State Warriors who are coming off an uncharacteristic loss against the Orlando Magic

Match Details -

When: Saturday, March 2nd

Where: Wells Fargo Center

Watch: ABC TV


The Golden State Warriors' Perspective

Golden State Warriors v Charlotte Hornets
Golden State Warriors v Charlotte Hornets

The number one team in the West are on a two-game losing streak after losses against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic and have lost 4 times out of their last 6 games. This is the second time they have had a dip in form this season - the first being when Steph Curry was sidelined due to injury earlier this season. The Warriors are still trying to work on their line-up rotations to the make the most of DeMarcus Cousins and this phase of adjustment has cost them a few games. Having said that, they are still the best team in the NBA and have the best starting line-up in the League.

The Warriors will be looking to end their road trip with a Win against the 76ers before heading back to the Oracle Arena where they face the Boston Celtics.

The predicted Golden State Warriors' starting line-up:

Draymond Green (F), Kevin Durant (F), DeMarcus Cousins (C), Klay Thompson (G) and Stephen Curry (G)

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The Philadelphia 76ers Perspective

Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

According to league injury reports, Joel Embiid will be ruled out in this key game due to tendinitis in his left knee. The two-time All-Star will be missing the 5th game since Philly announced that he will be out for a few weeks. Philly has made the right adjustments as they are 3-1 without their big man.

The 76ers are one of the most stacked teams in the East after adding Tobias Harris to put him alongside Jimmy Buttler, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and JJ Reddick. Harris balled out against the OKC dropping 32 points on over Wi 50% shooting and Simmons continued to impress as he dished out 11 assists and grabbed 13 rebounds. The team chemistry looks strong and the 76ers will be eager to get a statement win against the Warriors

The predicted Philadelphia 76ers' starting line-up:

Tobias Harris (F), Jimmy Buttler (F), Jonah Bolden (F), JJ Reddick (G), Ben Simmons (G)


How the things might unfold:

With Embiid out, the Warriors have a clear advantage in this game as it would be very difficult for the 76ers to deal with players like Cousins and Green who like to use their size to their advantage. But the Warriors let their guard down, they could be punished heavily because Harris is in great form and will cause a lot of problems to the Warriors' sporadic defense.

Match Prediction:

Golden State Warriors to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.

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