Sixers-Warriors preview: Brett Brown's group looking to improve transition defense

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Warriors forward Kevin Durant lays up a shot against the Sixers on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Golden State Warriors (11-4) at 76ers (8-6)

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Center

Talking points

The Sixers must play better transition defense than they did in a 21-point loss to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 11.  The Warriors scored 32 fast-break points in the teams’ first meeting of the season. The Sixers  must also do a better job trying to defend Kevin Durant, who scored 29 points in three quarters  of action in the first game.

How to watch and follow the game

  • TV and streaming: NBC Philadelphia
  • Radio: 97.5 FM
  • Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers ; @NBASarah

Starting lineups

Sixers (8-6)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  16.5 ppg. 1.50 spg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  9.6 ppg. 5.3 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.0 ppg. 11.2 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  14.8 ppg. 4.1 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 17.8 ppg. 9.2 rpg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 83-259)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Justin Anderson (left shin splits, out); Nik Stauskas (sprained right ankle, out); Jerryd Bayles (left wrist bruise, TBD).

Warriors  (11-4)

34 Kevin Durant SF 6-11 24.8 ppg 7.1 rpg.

23 Draymond Green PF 6-7 10.9  ppg. 7.7 rpg.

27 Zaza Pachulia C 6-11 4.1 ppg. 5.1 rpg.

11 Klay Thompson SG 6-7 20.1 ppg. 4.1 rpg.

30 Steph Curry PG 6-3 24.0 ppg. 6.6 apg.

Coach: Steve Kerr  (fourth season, 218-43)

Injury report: None

Head to head

The Sixers hold a 165-149 series advantage. However, the Warriors have won nine straight and 10 of the last 11 series meetings.

Upcoming games

Monday 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Utah Jazz vs. Sixers

Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sixers

Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center,  Orlando Magic vs. Sixers

Nov. 27:  7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Sixers

Nov. 29: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Washington Wizards vs. Sixers