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NBA Preview: Philadelphia Sixers (29-16) at Golden State Warriors (19-24)

The Golden State Warriors enter their Tuesday matchup against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers coming off back-to-back one-point losses.

The Warriors have dropped four of their last five, including three of four since Draymond Green returned from a suspension.

Golden State has picked up the offensive pace with Green back in the lineup, putting up 134 and 133 points in regulation games before totaling 144 in a one-point, double-overtime setback against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Green has had 11 assists in each of Golden State’s past two contests, including the Warriors’ 134-133 home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. He also grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in the loss to the Lakers.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr reinserted Green into the starting lineup against Los Angeles for the first time since the suspension, and star Stephen Curry was among those who applauded the move.

The Saturday starting lineup also included Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Kuminga, each of whom scored more than 20 points.

The Warriors two days off to recuperate after their loss to the Lakers. The 76ers enter the Tuesday matchup coming off a 130-104 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Thirteen 76ers players logged minutes, none more than 31, in the team’s third straight loss. Center Joel Embiid (left knee) and Tyrese Maxey (left ankle) each sat out his second straight game.

Before the Monday game, 76ers coach Nick Nurse said Embiid had warmed up but had trouble jumping.

The 76ers are also missing De’Anthony Melton (back) and Robert Covington (left knee). Tobias Harris returned against the Blazers after missing the previous two games with an illness. He had nine points in 20 minutes.

In their most recent game, Embiid had 31 points and Maxey scored 22 in Philadelphia’s 134-122 loss at Indiana on Thursday. Both sat out the 76ers’ 111-105 defeat at Denver on Saturday and then the lopsided defeat at Portland on Monday.

Paul Reed got the start in Embiid’s place against Nikola Jokic in Denver and outscored the two-time league MVP 30-26 while grabbing 13 rebounds. Reed then had just 11 points and six boards against Portland.

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