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Their small forward is bigger than Warriors power forward Draymond Green, and their point guard is bigger than their small forward.

So expect plenty of matchup chaos Saturday when the Warriors face the formidable 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with postgame coverage immediately following the ABC telecast. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:40.

This is the second and final meeting between the teams, with Warriors (43-19) taking a 113-104 loss on Jan. 31 at Oracle Arena. Ben Simmons, Philly’s 6-foot-10, 230-pound point guard was too much for the Warriors, with 26 points (10-of-13 shooting from the field), eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Klay Thompson, who would have been assigned to Simmons, did not play in that game and also will be out of the lineup Saturday. Alfonzo McKinnie, at 6-8, 215 pounds, will start in place of Thompson.

The Sixers (40-22) added 6-10 power forward Tobias Harris before the trade deadline, pairing him with 6-8, 230-pound small forward Jimmy Butler, acquired via trade in November. They are as good a set of forwards as any in the league.

Philly will be without center All-Star center Joel Embiid, with rookie Jonah Bolden likely moving into the starting lineup.

This is the last of the Warriors’ four-game swing through the Eastern Conference. They dropped two of the first three.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors 
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Alfonzo McKinnie
G Stephen Curry

 

76ers
F Jimmy Butler
F Tobias Harris
C Jonah Bolden
G JJ Redick
G Ben Simmons

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Damian Jones (L pectoral surgery), C/F Kevon Looney (R pelvic soreness) and G Klay Thompson (R knee soreness) are listed as out.

76ers: C Joel Embiid (L knee soreness), F Furkan Korkmaz (R knee injury), C Boban Marjanovic (R knee bone bruise) and G Shake Milton (R hand injury) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: Thompson’s absence accentuates the team’s lack of wing depth. McKinnie’s move into the starting lineup leaves Andre Iguodala as the only reserve wing. Damion Lee also can expect minutes before McKinnie.

Looney’s absence leaves Jordan Bell as the only backup big man, though Jonas Jerebko and Green also could get minutes in the middle.

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With the next scheduled game on Tuesday, Durant, Green and Curry can expect heavy minutes. The Warriors lead the league in assists per game (29.2), but have totaled only 37 over the last two games.

76ers: Embiid has been out since the All-Star break, with Bolden, a native Australian, getting the starts and veteran Amir Johnson in reserve. The two combined for 18 points (8-of-11 shooting) and six rebounds Thursday at Oklahoma City. Bolden has nine multi-block games this season.

The rest of the rotation is filled out with TJ McConnell, Mike Scott and James Ennis.

The Sixers are third in apg (27.4) and have scored at least 100 points in 25 consecutive games.

Officials: Zach Zarba (chief), Kevin Scott, Nick Buchert