On Monday night the Philadelphia 76ers will play host to the Golden State Warriors. Philadelphia enters play as the top team in the Eastern Conference at 39-17, while the Warriors’ 28-29 record is good for the Western Conference’s ninth seed, two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.
Let’s take a closer look at this matchup with three top player prop picks and predictions for this April 19, 2021 matchup.
Sixers vs. Warriors Player Props (April 19, 2021)
The Philadelphia 76ers will take to the Wells Fargo Center court with the knowledge that they’re just 16 games away from wrapping up the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Entering Monday night’s game, Philadelphia has a slim 1.5 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets and a much more comfortable four-game lead over the third-place Milwaukee Bucks.
The Golden State Warriors are just two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the highly-competitive Western Conference.
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The Sixers have won four consecutive games, including their last two against the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors have gone 4-1 in their last five games, having most recently lost to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden 119-114 on Saturday. Steph Curry dropped 47 points in the loss and has been on a tear as of late.
Will Joel Embiid or Steph Curry be the man to lead his team to victory?
Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook to Record 1+ Dunk Each (+200, FOX Bet)
When it comes to interesting situation-dependent boosts, it’s hard to find another sportsbook with the creativity FOX Bet boasts. This bet features two players who have carried teams at different points in their All-Star careers.
Russell Westbrook might not be the same player who shouldered the load for the Oklahoma City Thunder when Kevin Durant left for greener pastures with the Golden State Warriors, but he’s still got plenty of athleticism with highlight reel upside. There’s a high likelihood that Westbrook will have plenty of opportunities to slash into the paint and jam one home against the team he spent most of his NBA career playing for, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Truly, this bet comes down to Sixers franchise center Joel Embiid making it into the paint with regularity, which he should have plenty of chances to do against a Warriors team with few options to keep him out of the restricted area. Embiid tends to finish softly around the rim, but given his propensity for establishing himself early in games and getting the Philly faithful loud and involved early could lead to his half of this two-player parlay hitting early.
Joel Embiid to Score 30+ Points and Sixers to Win (+150, BetMGM)
Monday night’s game between the Sixers and Warriors is expected to be quite the entertaining matchup with MVP candidate Joel Embiid hosting former MVP Steph Curry. Both players have ratcheted up their respective game as of late, with Embiid having put up at least 36 points in each of his last three games, while Curry has scored at least 32 points in each of his last ten games.
As of Monday afternoon, the Sixers are a -250 moneyline favorite at BetMGM, so getting in on a reasonable same-game parlay makes plenty of sense. Getting in on one that hinges on the play of MVP candidate Joel Embiid playing at home makes the boost to +150 a virtual no-brainer. In 21 games at home this season, Embiid is averaging 31.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Given the questionable status of starters Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Seth Curry, as well as backup center Dwight Howard, Embiid could see an uptick in shot attempts and time on the court.
If you’re planning on taking the Sixers to win the game, get in on this same-game parlay as Joel Embiid looks to narrow the MVP race with Nikola Jokic.
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Joel Embiid to Score 35+ Points (+130, FanDuel Sportsbook)
If you’re a believer that Sixers center Joel Embiid will have another 30+ point night, but are nervous about the Sixers half of the same-game parlay listed above, it could be worth upping the threshold to 35+ points independent of outcome.
Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons are the second- and third-leading scorers for the Sixers this season. Their questionable status along with Seth Curry and Dwight Howard could lead to a big minutes boost for Embiid. That could signal a big night for the MVP candidate. In 25 games in which he’s played 30-39 minutes this season, Embiid is averaging 32.6 points per game. In his lone game of 40+ minutes, he dropped 42 points.
Embiid has also averaged more points this season against Western Conference opponents this season (30.6) than Eastern Conference opponents (29.6). If you believe Embiid will have his way with Golden State’s interior defense, this one is certainly one to keep an eye on.
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