Preview: Warriors at 76ers
The Golden State Warriors have gotten some dazzling individual performances on their latest road trip, they just haven't yielded many wins. The Warriors will be looking to close a five-game trip on a positive note when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Golden State has lost eight of its last nine on the road but is catching the 76ers at the right time. Philadelphia has dropped seven straight to fall out of the playoff picture.The 76ers are six games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and are now 12 games below .500. Their league-worst scoring average has been the biggest reason for the skid, though even the normally reliable defense has begun to show some cracks. Warriors guard Stephen Curry totaled 92 points in back-to-back losses at Indiana and New York on Tuesday and Wednesday but lost his stroke a bit in "slumping" to 25 points in a setback at Boston on Friday. Golden State is now only a game up on the Utah Jazz for the No. 6 spot in the West.TV: 7 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Golden State), Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, NBATVABOUT THE WARRIORS (33-26): Golden State has a nice, long seven-game homestand waiting as soon as it can get done in Philadelphia. The Warriors, who slipped to 15-19 on the road with Friday's 94-86 setback at Boston, will play 16 of their final 22 games at home, giving the team some hope of not only hanging onto their playoff spot but possibly moving up in the standings. Golden State ran into one of the best perimeter defensive teams in the league in the Celtics and could not get anything going from the outside. Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack combined to shoot 28 percent in the loss. The Warriors got 19 rebounds from David Lee in his return from a one-game suspension on Friday but were unable to exploit Boston on the interior offensively without Andrew Bogut, who has missed five straight games with back spasms. Bogut had hoped to join the team on the road trip but has not been in the lineup and is out indefinitely. The Warriors did not need Bogut to take a 96-89 decision from Philadelphia at home on Dec. 28. Lee scored 25 points and Jack added 16.ABOUT THE 76ERS (22-34): Jrue Holiday had 21 points and 10 assists and Thaddeus Young collected 19 points and 10 rebounds in that loss at Golden State. Holiday went on to make the All-Star team last month but has had a difficult time pulling his team out of a lengthy slump by himself. The 76ers put a lot of faith in Andrew Bynum over the summer in trading away Andre Iguodala to bring in the talented but injury-prone center. Bynum finally started practicing this week but shut it back down after experiencing swelling in his knee. The 25-year-old could miss the entire season, leaving Philadelphia without its biggest presence in the paint. The 76ers have averaged 88.3 points in the last seven games and have lost their last three home games by an average of 21.7 points.BUZZER BEATERS1. Curry went 18-for-23 from 3-point range on Tuesday and Wednesday but was held to 3 of 11 on Friday.2. 76ers G Evan Turner has gone 12 straight games without a made 3-pointer.3. Despite the 25 points in the Dec. 28 meeting, Lee's average of 12.7 points in 22 career games against Philadelphia is tied for his second-worst mark against any opponent.PREDICTION: Warriors 98, 76ers 93.
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