The Line: Philadelphia 76ers (+180) vs Denver Nuggets (-215)
Tonight the Philadelphia 76ers (32-14) suit up in the Ball Arena at 8:00 PM CT to play western conference juggernaut Denver Nuggets (28-18). However, the Philadelphia 76ers will be without star and candidate for ‘MVP’ (C) Joel Embiid. Behind prolific scorer (C) Nikola Jokic, a surging (SF) Michael Porter Jr. and new addition (PF) Aaron Gordon; the ceiling is high and yet to be reached for this star-studded Nuggets franchise.
Denver ranks fourth in points per game opposed to the Philadelphia 76ers who rank seventh. Philadelphia was on a nice four-game win streak but had it snapped by Los Angeles Clippers three days ago. Continuing their road trip they will have a monumental task keeping pace with the Nuggets on offense without the 76ers anchor Joel Embiid. Denver is on a two-game winning streak and has won their last three out of five games.
Philadelphia outrebounds Denver on paper but without Joel Embiid it won’t shine through. In addition, that was without the superior rebounding ability the Nuggets acquired in Aaron Gordon. Philadelphia shoots at a 48% clip and the Nuggets are slightly better with 48.8% average. Nuggets average 115.8 points per game and surrenders 111 points. Philadelphia averages 114.8 points per game and surrenders 109.4.
The Philadelphia 76ers still possess a significant amount of scoring with (PF) Tobias Harris, (SG) Seth Curry, (SF) Danny Green, and (PG) Ben Simmons. However without Joel Embiid the amount of second chance opportunities will be slim. Denver has an explosive offense that is already clicking prior to Aaron Gordon’s arrival. I anticipate the 76ers to play tough but late in the game this will get away with them. The spread is set at Denver Nuggets -5.5 on Fanduel Sportsbook. I find it disrespectful to take that many points against a Philadelphia 76ers team that has played Denver competitively in recent history.
Preston’s Best Bet: Denver Nuggets -3.5 (-156)
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