The Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets duke it out at the Ball Arena on Monday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers have gone off the boil with three losses in their last four outings and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting scorched by the stumbling Suns in a 125-105 road loss on Saturday. Tyrese Maxey led the way with 37 points on 14 of 19 shooting, Joel Embiid added 28 points with 10 rebounds and four assists while Tobias Harris chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Suns for a majority of the game thanks to the hot hand of Maxey, only to get blown away in the fourth quarter by 36-22 to lose big in the end. The 76ers got next to nothing from their reserves as no bench player scored more than seven points.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets are starting to heat up again as they’ve won four of their last five games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Bucks in a 129-106 home win on Saturday. Nikola Jokic led the way with 31 points and 11 assists on 10 of 20 shooting, Jamal Murray added 26 points with nine assists while Michael Porter Jr. chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 52 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Bucks in a real arm wrestle early on, before they dominated the second half by 66-40 to pull away and make it look easy in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team above .600. The Nuggets are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 home games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall, the 76ers are 12-4-2 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and the 76ers are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Denver.
The 76ers could be shorthanded here as Joel Embiid and James Harden are both questionable, while the Nuggets are keeping an eye on Michael Porter Jr who is questionable for this one. The 76ers were on a roll before they got stopped by the Nuggets on Saturday, but it’s always tough to beat the same team twice in a row so I’m expecting the 76ers to bounce back if they have their full squad. However, I’ll stick with the Nuggets if the 76ers are missing their two All-Stars.