Philadelphia Seventysixers (32-17) vs Denver Nuggets (31-15)Date : 01/27/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Philadelphia Seventysixers vs Denver Nuggets
The Philadelphia 76ers will bring their outstanding play to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, to battle a Denver Nuggets team, that will be chomping at the bit in which to get back into the win column after a setback versus the Utah Jazz win their last outing, on Saturday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As stated, the Nuggets fell to a Jazz team that happens to be playing very well at the moment in their last outing as the Nuggets held Utah to just 43% shooting from the floor as a team. Nonetheless, the Jazz were able to connect on a whopping 19 3-pointers on the night en route to the victory as Donovan Mitchell went 6-10 in this area while leading the team with 35 points. On the other hand, Denver shot decent from the floor at 47%, yet were only able to convert on 8 of 29 attempts from long-range as Nikola Jokic along with Gary Harris led the team with 27 and 16 points, respectively, in what was the third loss for the Nuggets in their last six games.
The Philadelphia 76ers are trending in the opposite direction as they have won seven of their last eight games, overall, along with three straight as they picked up a victory over the San Antonio Spurs at home as Joel Embiid was the man of the night in posting 33 points in the victory while Ben Simmons along with JJ Reddick chipped in 21 and 19 points in the victory as well. Jimmy Butler did not suit up for this matchup as he is sideline with a wrist injury and is questionable for this matchup as well.
Philadelphia Seventysixers's Latest Performance :
Of course, the Philadelphia 76ers are a much better team with Jimmy Butler in the lineup, however, the Sixers have learned how to pick up victories without Butler as well as they won their third straight game after picking up the victory over the San Antonio Spurs in their last outing, thanks to 33 points along with 19 boards from Joel Embiid. As stated, Reddick ended with 19 points while going 6-13 from three-point range while Ben Simmons chipped in 21 points while also dishing out 15 assists to provide a lift for Philadelphia in the much-needed victory.
And while the Sixers shot 50% from the floor while connecting on 17 3-pointers on the night, San Antonio also shot well over 50% for the night while converting on 13 of 27 three point attempts as DeMar DeRozan along with Rudy Gay led the scoring charge with 26 points along with 17 points. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, along with six assist in the loss as well for San Antonio as the road team shot well from the floor, yet, committed 15 turnovers on the night in addition to being heavily outrebounded by Philadelphia in the meantime en route to the loss.
Nonetheless, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to find themselves within the second-place slot within the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference behind the Toronto Raptors. They will certainly be looking to continue their winning ways in which to keep pressure on Toronto while also continuing their balance scoring on the offensive end versus a Denver team that will certainly be looking to put in a much better performance than in their last outing versus the Utah Jazz.
Denver Nuggets's Latest Performance :
The Jazz were able to connect on 13 3-pointers at halftime versus the Denver Nuggets in the last outing, as their shooting from long range certainly allowed them to pick up the huge victory at home. Of course, the defensive showing was certainly lackluster for a Denver team that ranks among the best within the NBA in limiting opponents scoring opportunities on a nightly basis; However, the Utah Jazz were certainly able to take advantage of a less-than-stellar performance in which to pick up a huge victory, in the meantime.
As stated, Donovan Mitchell was the man for the Utah Jazz in this contest as he finished with 35 points total while Ricky Rubio along with Rudy Gobert chipping in 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Jazz in the victory, as well. On the other hand, Jokic was the leading scorer for the Nuggets with 28 points, as stated, while Will Barton also chipped in 22 points off the bench in addition to Gary Harris ending the game with 16 points.
Denver will now return home for a two-game stretch versus the Phoenix Suns and, immediately after, the Philadelphia 76ers as they will be playing the second of a back-to-back on this night. Denver has been dominant at home in winning 5 of their last six outings at the Pepsi Center as their last home outing saw them post 124 points in a victory versus the lifeless Cleveland Cavaliers.
How Philadelphia Seventysixers & Denver Nuggets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Philadelphia is 23-26 ATS while the OU is 28 – 21
Denver is 25 – 21 ATS while the OU is 22-23
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very competitive matchup amongst these two teams as the Nuggets will look to assert themselves early and often on the defensive end in which to neutralize scoring opportunities for a Philadelphia 76ers squad that is slowly learning to begin how to win with a balanced scoring attack. On the other hand, the 76ers will not only be looking to push the pace in this contest in which to catch Denver on its heels, but, they will also look to establish themselves on the defensive end of the floor in which to limit offensive opportunities for a Denver team that is averaging 118 points in the last four outings, overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Philadelphia 76ers
My reason for the pick :
Of course, one can certainly expect for the Denver Nuggets to bring their A-game in this contest in such an important matchup versus the 76ers. Nonetheless, the Sixers will sneak away with a slim victory in the end as they will be able to rely on Simmons along with Embiid as they will lead them to victory in the end. As stated, Denver will certainly have their bright moments in this contest, however, one should look for Philadelphia to feed off the momentum and confidence gained from recent play in which to make some critical baskets down the stretch while holding the Denver Nuggets offense to the bare minimum in the waning minutes in which to pick up a much-needed victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
While one should certainly look for both teams to play some defense in this contest, one should also look for the offenses to have their fair share of success as both Denver and Philadelphia have been on a hot streak on the offensive end, lately. With that being said, look for the under to be the strong play in this contest as both teams will push the pace consistently in which to catch the defenses on their heels, throughout. With that being said, look for both Denver and Philadelphia to obtain easy buckets in transition while also getting to the free-throw line as the over will certainly be the play in the end.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Seventysixers:
- The Sixers are 3-5 against the spread in last 8 games
- The under is 3 – 1 in Sixers last four games
Betting trends for Denver Nuggets:
- The Nuggets are 2-5 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 5-0 in Nuggets last five games