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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets
Where and when: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, Friday, 9:05 pm EST
The Philadelphia 76’ers will travel to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, for a matchup versus the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at 9:05 pm EST. Philadelphia has won four of the last five matchups versus the Nuggets while being 4-1 ATS during this time. Furthermore, the 76’ers are 2-0 SU (2-0 ATS) in their last two meetings at the Pepsi Center.
Denver sits atop the Northwest standings with a record of 5-2 after scoring wins in two straight outings versus the Orlando Magic in the finale of a two-game road trip in addition to picking up a victory at home versus the Miami Heat just two days ago. In each contest, Jamal Murray was the most consistent in scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively.
However, despite a blowout victory versus the Heat, the Nuggets turned the ball over an alarming 20 times, 5 by Murray. On the other hand, Denver’s defense, which ranks in the top five in points allowed (101) along with opponent field goal percentage (43%), forced 15 turnovers of their own en route to their second straight victory.
The 76’ers have been moving in the wrong direction since their four-game road trip began just five days ago. After stunning the Portland Trailblazers in a one-point victory (without Joel Embiid), Philadelphia has gone on to drop two straight to the Utah Jazz (most recently) as well as to the Phoenix Suns. To make matters worse, along with Shake Milton hitting the injured list with a knee injury, shooting guard Ben Simmons is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury.
After coming two assists shy of a triple-double versus the Trailblazers, Simmons has only scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, while dishing out 8 dimes since. The good thing is that Philadelphia will limp home after their matchup with the Nuggets, where they are a perfect 2-0 on the year.
Simmons may be out of the lineup versus NuggetsThe 76ers will have to find a way in which to get some good looks versus a Nuggets defense that has really been the tip of the spear in their success thus far in the season. With Simmons possibly a no-go, Philadelphia will again seek to rely on the play of Embiid along with Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris. Also, in prior starts versus Portland and Phoenix, Al Horford proved that he can still put up some numbers on both ends of the floor with Embiid being out of the lineup due to suspension.
Nonetheless, Philadelphia may struggle in the backcourt without Simmons in the lineup. However, the squad has had role players step up already this year due to injury, etc., and this will be the goal on Friday night if they are indeed short-handed. The 76’ers are 4-7-1 against the number in their last 12 regular-season games entering Friday’s showdown.
Denver expects Harris and Milsap to suit up on FridayBoth Gary Harris along with Paul Milsap hit the injured list with ankle and head ailments; However, they are each probable for the Nuggets’ matchup versus the 76ers on Friday. Said coach Mike Malone, “(Gary’s injury) I don’t think is very severe,” said Malone. “I think a couple of days of rest and rehab, hopefully he’ll be able to play on Friday night.” “Paul, I put up two fingers, I said, ‘How many?’ He said, ‘Five,’” Malone joked. “So hopefully by Friday he’ll be able to get that right. I think he’s going to be OK.”
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Denver certainly hopes so as Harris along with Milsap has been great complimentary pieces to Murray. Of course, Nikola Jokic will also be needed to step up a bit after posting just 9 points in their team’s win over the Heat. However, the center will certainly be well-rested to take on Joel Embiid after playing just 22 minutes, total. The win versus the Heat gave the Nuggets a 2-1 record at the Pepsi Center this year, with their only loss being by three to the Dallas Mavericks on October 29th, which also knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten. Against the spread, the Nuggets are 1-2 thus far at home.
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- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
No line has been set for this game as of yet; However, when one analyses the way in which both teams have played recently, he/she must pick the Nuggets to pull out a slim victory in this contest. The road trip for the 76’ers has been atrocious. Furthermore, with uncertainly in the backcourt with Simmons possibly being out of the lineup, Philadelphia will be looking to get back home to regroup before facing the Charlotte Hornets along with the Cleveland Cavaliers in two very much winnable games. Of course, the visitors will put up some resistence, however, the Nuggets have caused nightmares for opposing offenses so far this year and will do so on this night en route to a win.
Prediction: Denver Nuggets
Full-Game Total Pick
Denver has allowed just 88 points per game during their current two-game winning streak. Again, they are allowing just under 42% shooting to opponents in 2019 (32% 3FG). Philadelphia has not been lighting the nets on fire lately and may be without a key cog for the offense. Look for them to work for every single opportunity they may receive in this contest. Nonetheless, I cannot see the total surpassing its set limit in any scenario. In all, pick the under as the strong play.