The Denver Nuggets will look to double down on their mastery of the Philadephia 76ers this season, as these two teams square off this Wednesday for a must-watch NBA game.
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HOME TEAM: Denver Nuggets (28-18, 13-9 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Jamal Murray
- SG: Will Barton
- SF: Michael Porter Jr.
- PF: Aaron Gordon
- C: Nikola Jokic
The Nuggets flexed the muscles of their new-look lineup on Monday, crushing the hapless Atlanta Hawks in a 126-102 win at home. That’s now back-to-back wins for Denver, which also beat the New Orleans Pelicans on the road last Saturday, 113-108.
Aaron Gordon made his debut in Nuggets threads and scored 13 points on a nice 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Nikola Jokic, meanwhile, had a near trip-dub of 16 points, 19 rebounds, and 8 assists. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him post that stat line again this Wednesday, with Joel Embiid still sidelined.
Jokic scored 15 points and dished out 12 assists to go with nine rebounds in the Nuggets’ 115-103 road win over Philly back in January. The Nuggets are fourth in the NBA with 115.8 points per game and fifth with 1.176 points per possession.
ROAD TEAM: Philadelphia 76ers (32-14, 13-10 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Ben Simmons
- SG: Seth Curry
- SF: Danny Green
- PF: Tobias Harris
- C: Dwight Howard
The 76ers are back to the drawing board after seeing their four-game win streak get snapped in a 122-112 loss to the LA Clippers on Sunday. With two full days of rest before their rematch against Denver, the 76ers at least should have fresh legs going into this Wednesday’s game.
Tobias Harris tried to will the Sixers to a win against LA, but his 29-point effort wasn’t enough. The good thing for the Sixers is that they continue to shoot well. They have made 49.4% of their field goal attempts over their last five games, which is the fifth-best in the NBA in that span. They’ve also sunk 39.2% of their threes in those contests.
The Sixers will still not have Joel Embiid when they face Denver, but they will have Harris, Ben Simmons, and Seth Curry, who were all not around in the January loss to Denver. The Sixers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games coming off a loss against the spread.
The Sixers should fare better this time around against Denver, as they will parade a stronger lineup than in the last meeting between these two teams. Take the Sixers to cover as 4-point road underdogs.
The Nuggets rely on their tempo to limit opponents’ scoring chances, while the Sixers are a defensive team that’s third in defensive rating in the NBA. Take the Under 221.0.