MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Point Spread: 76ers -4
Betting Total: 206.5
The Denver Nuggets will be traveling to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, a game that will be nationally televised on TNT. It should be an exciting matchup between one of the better teams in the East and one of the better teams in the West.
Both teams have offenses that can explode at any point, but also have defenses that rank in the top-5 in the NBA when it comes to points allowed. It’ll be interesting to see which defense lets up first in this matchup.
Nuggets Looking to Get Back in Groove
The Denver Nuggets started the season extremely hot, but have hit a brick wall these past 5 games against a difficult schedule. Only securing one win over that stretch, the Nuggets have now lost two straight against East contenders and will face another one in the 76ers.
Nikola Jokic has carried his team the past two games, leading the team in points, rebounds, and assists in both games. If the Nuggets want to beat Philly, they will need that same energy from Jokic. More importantly, they will need Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, and their bench to produce quality minutes.
The nuggets will have a great opportunity to make a statement and snap this little spell, which has resulted in losses to the Kings, Lakers, Celtics, and Nets.
76ers are Clicking on All Cylinders Right Now
On the other hand, the Philadelphia 76ers have recovered from a small setback earlier in the season. Since their back-to-back losses against the Magic and Thunder in the middle of November, the 76ers have won 10 of their last 12. The schedule during that span has been rather favorable for the 76ers, but they have delivered well.
Denver, despite their recent struggles, is a tough team that can score with ease and defend with the best. The 76ers will need to have a balanced attack that starts with driving into the paint and working the ball to the outside when necessary.
With their undefeated 12-0 record at home on the line, the 76ers will surely bring the heat like they did on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors — Philly won 110-104 against one of the most surprising teams this season.
Nuggets vs. 76ers Betting Lines
If you’re looking to bet this game at BetOnline, they currently have the odds listed in favor of the Philadelphia 76ers (-4).
For those that are interested in the moneyline, they have Philly listed at -170 and Denver listed at +150. With the over/under at 206.5, it looks like they are expecting more defense than offense, especially in today’s basketball.
Free Betting Pick
With both teams having the day off on Monday, I like the Philadelphia 76ers in this matchup. When you match up the Nuggets’ big-three with the 76ers, I think Embiid-Simmons-Harris will outplay Murray-Jokic-Millsap. It won’t come as easy as it has recently for Philly, Denver’s got a nice defense and shouldn’t be messed with.
I am expecting big games from Jokic and Murray, with the three-pointers falling easily for the Nuggets. Still, I think the 76ers’ offense will be too much to handle and they will cruise to a 112-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets.