In this high caliber duel between two of the top-5 teams of each conference, the fifth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (34-20), are hosting the second in the West Denver Nuggets (37-17), with both teams coming off two straight defeats and both of them are looking to bounce back today.
Date/Time: 02-08-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5
Philadelphia 76ers have a 34-20 record (25-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Raptors with a 107-119 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.4 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 18.9 ppg and 4.8 boards, while JJ Redick adds 18.3 ppg.
Denver Nuggets have a 37-17 record (29-25 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Nets with a 130-135 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.2 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.7 and in boards grabbed with 10.5 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.5 ppg, 4.3 boards and 5 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Nuggets won at home with a 126-110 score. Sixers have a 21-6 home record, while the Nuggets are 14-13 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.3 ppg to Nuggets’ 112 ppg, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107.1 ppg to Sixers’ 112.1. Both teams have almost identical both in field goals (47.2% to 47.1%) and in 3-pointers (35.9% to 35.6%). Sixers also better in boards grabbed (47.1 to 46.3), while Nuggets are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 15.2) and both teams are almost equal in dimes made (27.5 to 27.4). Sixers have been very strong at home and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a mediocre on the road Nuggets team.
Nuggets vs Sixers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 (-111)
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