Saturday NBAction open thread

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Only four games on the slate tonight, with the Warriors at the Sixers starting momentarily on NBA-TV.

It's a pretty light schedule in the NBA tonight with only four games. If you're watching for Western Conference playoff implications, there's only one of the top nine West teams in action, as the Warriors visit the Sixers.

Golden State at Philadelphia, 4:00 PM, NBA-TV

Brooklyn at Chicago, 5:00 PM

Toronto at Milwaukee, 5:30 PM

Minnesota at Portland, 7:00 PM, NBA-TV

The Warriors have lost three straight and nine of their last 12. At this point, ESPN's playoff odds calculator gives them a much better chance of missing the playoffs altogether (12.4%) than of winning the division (less than 0.1%) so there's not really much danger that they'll catch the Clippers in the Pacific Division race. If they don't start playing well, they could find themselves in a battle with the Lakers for the final playoff spot. Fortunately for Dubs fans, they're facing a Philadelphia team that is in complete disarray at present, losers of seven straight. The team was recently thrown under the bus for their effort by coach Doug Collins who may be on his way out, and center Andrew Bynum received another setback in his recovery from a knee injury and will probably miss the season at this point. Basically, it's a terrible time for the Sixers.

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