Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers
Friday night the Denver Nuggets will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in what should be Tobias Harris’s first
game as a 76er. Philadelphia made a splash before the trade deadline by acquiring Harris from the Los
Angeles Clippers for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021
unprotected first-round pick via Miami, and a 2021 and 2023 second-round pick. Harris is expected to
slide right into the power forward spot and this has the makings of a very scary “Big 4” in the Eastern
Conference. Philadelphia is a small favorite at home in this game.
76ers Ready to Surge Forward
Philadelphia is currently 5th in the East with a 34-20 record. As long as things mesh well with Philly’s new
starting lineup we’d expect them to shoot up in the standings. Toronto made some noise by acquiring
Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, so all of a sudden, the Eastern conference got a whole lot better.
Harris was averaging 20.9 ppg and 7.9 rbg with the Clippers and he fits well with the 76ers as a stretch-
four. This is the second big trade of the season for Philly, as they acquired Jimmy Butler earlier this year.
The focal points of this offense are Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Markelle Fultz experiment is over
after Philly dealt him to Orlando before the trade deadline. Ben Simmons is a much better point guard
than Fultz at this point anyways, as he averages 17 ppg, 8 apg and 9.4 rpg. Embiid leads this team in
scoring with 27.4 ppg and 13.5 rpg, as the matchup between him and Nikola Jokic should be prime
Nuggets Been on Fire
Denver has shocked everyone except those that are actually Nuggets fans. Currently second in the
Western Conference with a 37-17 record, it has been a while since we’ve seen a team as good as this
current Nuggets roster. This team is led by Nikola Jokic, but the depth on this team is what gives them
options that other teams can’t afford. Jokic has started in every game he has played this year, and is
averaging a team-high 20.2 ppg, 7.7 apg and 10.5 rpg. The Nuggets locked up Jokic for 5 years with an
annual average salary of $29,542,010. Surrounding him is Jamaal Murray, who is averaging 18.5 ppg, 5
apg and 4.3 rpg. Monte Morris and Malik Beasley both lead this team in three-point percentage, as both
of these team’s hover around 35 percent from three-point land.
Pick and Prediction
These two teams just played each other back on January 26th, when the Nuggets beat the 76ers 126-
110. Jokic had a monstrous outing, as he went off for 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Philly was
without Embiid and Butler in that first outing and now you add Harris into the mix. We expect this to be a
good game, but it will probably take a few games for this new 76ers lineup to get used to playing with one
another. ESPN’s matchup predictor is siding with Philly in this game, giving them a 59.9 percent chance
to win. We are betting on Philadelphia at home.