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NBA Odds — Is There Value with an Angry Sixer Squad Against the Wounded Warriors?

On Sunday night the Philadelphia 76ers reached new lows, suffering the worst defeat that has been recorded in the NBA this season. Understanding that these players are all professionals, one might expect that there would be some pride coming to the surface when a team comes back and plays the next night. Basketball bettors will see if that is the case as the Sixers travel to the Bay Area to face off against the Golden State Warriors in a game that is slated to tip off at 10:35 PM Eastern time at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Philadelphia is one of those teams that is well out of the playoff race by now, holding a 15-37 straight up record, with 32 pointspread defeats in 52 games. Golden State has not been playing its best basketball lately; the Warriors are 30-21 straight up and have a 23-27 ledger against the number.

In the NBA odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetDSI, the Warriors are double-digit favorites, and then some:

Golden State Warriors -14.5
Philadelphia 76ers +14.5

Over 214.5 points -110
Under 214.5 points -110

On Sunday night the Sixers got caught up in the emotion of Chris Paul coming back to action for the Los Angeles Clippers, and they stood around and watched just like all the fans who were at the Staples Center. They were beaten thoroughly in just about every phase of the game, shooting only 27% from the field, allowing the Clippers to hit 56% of their shots, and suffering a 67-52 rebounding deficit. When you throw in the fact that they had 17 turnovers, this does not it up to a formula for keeping basketball games close. The result was a 123-78 defeat, which was the widest margin in any NBA game this season. We might even venture to say that it wasn’t as close as the score indicated. For example, the Clippers led 46-15 at the end of the first quarter and 69-30 at the half.

Philadelphia suffered its sixth straight loss, and they are now just 5-14 against the NBA odds in their last 19 games. So the question becomes, how will the Sixers come back from this embarrassment? Do they have the heart to put forth a concentrated and focused effort as they come back within 24 hours after one of the worst defeats in franchise history?

This is a team that has allowed almost 116 points per game during this six-game losing streak, and they have experienced a cold streak as well from the guy who is perhaps their best player. BetDSI customers know that Evan Turner has to play well on most nights for Philadelphia to have a chance, but he has shot only 33% during this losing streak. That is unacceptable. So was the level of long-range marksmanship, or lack of same, that they showed on Sunday night, as they hit just three of 28 shots from beyond the three-point arc. This team is capable of better than that, but the lingering question is, HOW much better?

On Monday night they visit a Golden State team with a 9-14 mark against the NBA odds in home games and whose play has been choppy, to say the least. This team knows what it’s like to go cold from the floor; they did it last Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, hitting just 31% of their shots in a 91-75 home loss. But they did come back two nights later to beat Chicago by 15 points behind 48% shooting. On Saturday night they shot 49%, but that was not enough to hold off the Phoenix Suns, who cut through a very vulnerable Warrior defense to shoot 54% on the way to a 122-109 victory. This has been the problem for Mark Jackson’s team – when they play well on offense, they often do not put together a credible defense of effort. And the same goes the other way around. That is something BetDSI patrons have to reconcile as they make their NBA picks.

Now the Warriors come into this game without power forward David Lee, who will now miss his third straight contest with a hip injury and a shoulder sprain. Andrew Bogut also has shoulder problems, and he will be a game-time decision for this one.

The previous meeting between these teams was held in Philadelphia on November 4. In that one, the Sixers were cold from the field, hitting just 35% and only five of 25 from three-point range. The result was inevitable – Golden State got off to a 24-point halftime lead and coasted to a 110-90 victory, covering as a 6.5-point favorite in basketball betting. The Sixers are showing that kind of form once again, but is it something they can reverse after such an embarrassment on Sunday?

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