NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors

Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors
Friday, 12/28/12, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  CSBA
Opening Point Spread:  Golden State -7
Current Betting Line:  Golden State -6.5
Opening Total:  197.5
Current Total:  197.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Golden State Warriors are 8-4 SU at the Oracle Arena this season

Philadelphia has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 99-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies as nine-point road underdogs on Wednesday night, while going OVER the total for the first time in three contests.  The 76ers received a huge boost from reserve Dorell Wright in that affair, scoring a season-high 28 points, as he’s averaging 17.6 points over his last five games.  Philadelphia is 1-6 ATS versus teams that average 99-plus points per game, with the OVER going 7-0 in that situation, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The 76ers are 5-8 on the road this season, including an even 2-2 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Philadelphia has won six of the last eight meetings in this series, while scoring 110-plus points in four of those affairs.  Friday night is the third of a season-high eight game road trip, which will ultimately come to an end on Jan. 5.  The franchise has gone 24-36 in the month of December dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.

Golden State has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off a 94-83 victory over the Utah Jazz as 4.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the first time in six contests.  The Warriors were led offensively by point guard Stephen Curry’s game-high 23 points, as he’s averaging 25.5 points over his last four games.  “The guy is an All-Star,” commented Warriors coach Mark Jackson.  He leads the NBA in three-pointers made this month, while ranking second in that particular category for the entire season.  Golden State is 4-4 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points over the last two-plus seasons, but has won all nine of those games in straight-up fashion.

The Warriors are 8-4 at Oracle Arena this season, including a 5-1 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Golden State lost both games to Philadelphia in last year’s series, while it has failed to cover the spread in six of the last seven meetings overall.  Power forward David Lee is also a player to watch on the offensive end, averaging 23.3 points and 11.6 rebounds over his last 13 games.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the OVER going 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in the Bay Area.

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