OAKLAND – It’s the mismatch of the year in the NBA, and the Warriors surely hope that statistical truth will be reflected in the final score Sunday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers, the worst team in the league, slide into town to face the Warriors at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in 14 months.
The Warriors (65-7) are chasing history, while the 76ers (9-64) have lost eight in a row and are trying to avoid the ignominy that comes with losing 73 games – something only Philadelphia franchise has experienced.
Never in the history of the NBA have two teams facing off been so far apart, record-wise, at this point in a season.
The Warriors are seeking to move their home record to 35-0 this season and their overall home win streak to an NBA-record 53, dating back to January 2015.
Warriors by 21.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Steph Curry vs. Ish Smith: More than 10 years after they were AAU teammates in North Carolina, Curry is the clear leader in the MVP race, while Smith has asserted himself in Philly and become perhaps the team’s steadiest player. The sight of a familiar face tends to engage Curry, who knows the Sixers can’t push the Warriors unless Smith is doing the pushing.
Warriors: F Kevon Looney (R hip soreness), F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain), Shaun Livingston (rest) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) are listed as out.
76ers: G/F Sonny Weems (R quadriceps strain) is listed as questionable. F Richaun Holmes (R Achilles strain), F Nerlens Noel (R knee contusion), C Joel Embiid (R foot injury) and C Jahlil Okafor (R knee injury) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won the last six meetings, including 108-105 on Jan. 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The 76ers last won in Oakland on Dec. 31, 2011. The Warriors are seeking an unprecedented third consecutive season sweep.
“You walk away feeling like we could have stolen a win on the road. I’m thrilled with their effort.” – 76ers coach Brett Brown, to reporters after his team’s 108-105 loss at Portland on Saturday