NBA Betting: Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers

NBA Betting:  Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers

We’re not going to overreact to three games, but in the first week of the NBA basketball season there has been no bigger surprise than the play of the Philadelphia 76ers. Before the season they were an almost unanimous pick by NBA pundits to be the worst team in the league. That sentiment was shared by Las Vegas sports books, who set the Sixers’ Over/Under win total to a paltry 16.5. Apparently the Sixers didn’t get the memo–they’re now a perfect 3-0 on the season with wins over Chicago and Miami. They’ll face another big test on Monday night as they host the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is going to be one of the most improved teams in the league this season and enters this contest with a 2-1 record.

The Sixers have fooled a lot of people in the early going, us among them. We initially dismissed the win over Miami as the inevitable byproduct of a disinterested Heat team coming off a big win over the Chicago Bulls in their opening game. On one level, the preseason pundits had it right–this Sixers’ team doesn’t have a lot of talent on paper. Rookie Michael Carter Williams out of Syracuse has been a monster thus far and he may have been underrated coming into the season. That being said, the Sixers are demonstrating a well known concept–a team can get far in the NBA regular season simply by showing up and working hard every night.

The Warriors are still something of an ‘under the radar’ contender in the West but we have to think they’re overvalued here. They’re not a defensively tenacious team so they’ll be willing to run with the young Sixers. That should allow Philadelphia to stay in the game and give them a shot at stealing the outright win. We’re not deluded to think that Philadelphia can keep up this torrid pace but we do think that for the immediate future the Sixers can be competitive with hard work and enthusiasm. Plus a player with the skills and scoring touch of Carter-Williams doesn’t hurt. Philly keeps this one close and don’t be surprised to see them win outright.