The Denver Nuggets will look to take care of business at home when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Denver is tied with Portland for fifth place in the loaded Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the LA Lakers. With both teams looking to make a statement in this affair, let’s find out where the best basketball betting value lies in this 76ers Vs Nuggets affair so you can make your bets against their NBA odds. Philly is sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings, but just a half-game up on Brooklyn.
NBA Betting Predictions – Philadelphia at Denver
Philadelphia 76ers (32-14) Vs Denver (28-18)
- When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Where: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- TV: NBATV, Altitude, NBC Sports Philadelphia
- NBA Odds: Denver -4.5
- Total: 221
Sixers Surviving Without Embiid
The 76ers are surviving without superstar center Joel Embiid. Philadelphia has won 10 of their last 12 games but had their three-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s 122-112 road loss against the LA Clippers. Tobias Harris scored 29 points for the Sixers, but Philly had their six-game road winning streak snapped. Danny Green added 17 and Shake Milton chipped in 16 points.
Veteran center Dwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game when he picked up two technical fouls with 10:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. The 76ers center was called for two separate technicals in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the Lakers.
“A lot of guys were frustrated,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said afterward.
Philadelphia added veteran point guard George Hill just prior to last week’s trade deadline. The floor general won’t join his new team until they return back to Philadelphia later this week. The 34-year-old had surgery on his right thumb on Feb. 2.
“He’s still doing some rehab work,” Rivers said following Monday’s practice at Colorado Christian University. “We want him to get through that. We’re not going to force him back or push him back.”
Philly averages 114.8 points per game (9th) on 48.0% shooting from the field (8th) and 37.1% from beyond the arc (13th). The 76ers allow 109.5 points per game defensively (7th) on 45.1 percent shooting from the field (6th) and 36.3% from beyond the arc (8th). The injured Joel Embiid averages a team-high 29.9 points per game. Tobias Harris is averaging 20.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. Ben Simmons puts up 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.
Nuggets Looking To Pick Up The Pace
The Nuggets are looking to pick up the pace to get in the mix for a Top 4 seed out west. Denver has gone 11-3 over its last 14 games and comes into this matchup riding a two-game winning streak that includes a 126-102 win over Atlanta on Sunday night. Jamychal Green scored a team-high 20 points off the bench and Aaron Gordon had 13 points in his Nuggets debut after being acquired from Orlando prior to last week’s trade deadline.
“I see no limits for this team,” Gordon said. “It looks like we have all the pieces that we need. We have the depth. It’s like we are covered in a lot of different spots offensively, defensively. As long as we are all working together, there’s no stopping us.”
All five Nuggets starters scored in double figures in the dominant win over Atlanta.
“It didn’t look like it was his first day playing with us,” said Green.
Denver averages 115.8 points per game (4th) on 48.8% shooting from the field (2nd) and 38.7% from beyond the arc (5th). The Nuggets allow 110.7 points per game defensively (8th) on 47.0 percent shooting from the field (21st) and 36.5% from beyond the arc (12th). Nikola Jokic is averaging a team-high 26.9 points and 11.1 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 21.0 points and 4.9 assists. Michael Porter Jr. averages 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know Philadelphia is surviving without Joel Embiid, but I think this game will be very similar to Philly’s last game against the Clippers. Basically, Denver is an elite team that has all of its players available for this affair. Unfortunately for the76ers, that is too big of a task for them to overcome without Joel Embiid.
The Nuggets will definitely be bringing their ‘A’ games with them on Tuesday night. The 76ers are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall, but an uninspiring 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games as a road underdog. On the flip side of the coin, the Nuggets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
I know Denver has gone a stunning 1-10 ATS in its last 11 home dates against the 76ers, but I’m going with the Nuggets to win and cover the spread on Tuesday night.
Pick: Denver 112 Philadelphia 105
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