Golden State to rebound against Philadelphia
The last thing the Golden State Warriors may have wanted after losing to the NBA's most in-form team was to face the NBA's most in-form player next.
That is what they have to deal with on Saturday night.
The defending champions became Boston's 14th straight victim on Thursday, the competition's best offence kept to 88 points in the process.
It was a result which led to point guard Steph Curry suggesting it could be the Celtics who face his side in the finals when they come around in June.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have faced Golden State in three straight finals, may have something to say about that, as may the Philadelphia 76ers.
Not only do the Sixers have Rookie of the Year frontrunner Ben Simmons playing out of his skin, they have the man many are comparing to Shaquille O'Neal in Joel Embiid.
The man who has called himself 'The Process' in reference to Philadelphia's building from the bottom up approach, is coming off a career-best night against the LA Lakers on Thursday.
Four words: Joel Embiid can ball.-- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 16, 2017
46 PTS / 15 REB / 7 AST / 7 BLK pic.twitter.com/bqGMmyPn6R
He scored 46 points, rebounded 15 times and assisted seven buckets, all in a 34 minutes and 29 seconds.
It was a defining performance from a man who has relished the limelight in his young career and the limelight will be there on a Saturday night in Oakland.
The Warriors know they have to respond and the chances are they will.
They are 1/4 to win but the better bet may be to take them at 19/20 to score over 119 points.
While losing in Boston means little for their title defence hopes, it will have damaged their pride in the short term, especially given they were kept under 90 points.
The likes of Curry and Kevin Durant will want to put that right and Golden State by 14-16 points at 15/2 is worth considering.
Golden State to score over 119 points @ 19/20
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