Programming note: 76ers-Warriors coverage starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and streaming live right here
OAKLAND -– Three nights after beating the worst team in the Western Conference, the Warriors on Tuesday will try to duplicate the feat against the Philadelphia 76ers, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Though the Warriors (24-5) had little trouble Saturday night with the Timberwolves, a few players indicated they were less than satisfied with their focus and execution. After watching video and discussing those issues with the coaching staff, the Warriors shouldn't have that problem against the 76ers (4-25).
'I'm confident that they listened,' coach Steve Kerr said.
'I know one thing: [The 76ers] lead the NBA in steals,' guard Klay Thompson said. 'And with our turnover problem . . . that's probably the only big problem we face with them.'
Warriors by 18.5.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Klay Thompson vs. Michael Carter-Williams. Stephen Curry and Thompson will have chances to defend the reigning Rookie of the Year, but expect Thompson to be the primary defender on Philadelphia's pivotal player.
Marreese Speights vs. Henry Sims. The third-year big man from Georgetown brings physicality to the paint, so expect Speights to use his jumper to pull him outside.
Harrison Barnes vs. Nerlens Noel. Noel is long and wiry, nearly 7 feet, but he has struggled to find consistent offense. Barnes will try to use his body to keep Noel away from the rim, where he likes to use his leaping ability.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1) R E S P E C T. The Warriors are good. But not good enough to be complacent against a team that won back-to-back games at Orlando and Miami last week.
2) Caress the ball. The young 76ers are a long, athletic bunch that gambles on defense. The Warriors could pay a price for being sloppy.
3) DeeeeFense. The Sixers own the lowest field-goal percentage in the league. They can't win with offense until the defense consistently breaks down.
Warriors: 7-3. 76ers: 3-7.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (chondromalacia/bone edema, right knee) and C Festus Ezeli (sprained left ankle) are listed as out.
76ers: F Nerlens Noel (sprained right ankle) and F Robert Covington (strained right shoulder) are listed as probable. F Luc Mbah a Moute (strained left calf) is listed as doubtful. G Jason Richardson (left knee injury), C Joel Embiid (right foot injury) and F Hollis Thompson (upper respiratory infection) are listed as out.
The Warriors swept the series (2-0) last season and have won three of the last four meetings, after losing five of the previous six.