Date/Time: 02-08-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5
The second-best team of the West is facing the fifth-best of the East today, when the Denver Nuggets, who have lost their last two matches, are visiting the Philadelphia Sixers, who are coming off back-to-back losses as well and both teams want to end those losing streaks in this game.
Nuggets are 37-17 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Western Conference. They have lost their last two games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Brooklyn on the road, 130-135. 76ers are 34-20 so far in the league and are sitting on the fifth place of the Eastern Conference. They have lost their last two games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Toronto at home, 107-119.
Top Basketball BookmakersDenver are led in scoring by by Nikola Jokic with 20.2 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists made with 7.7 and rebounding with 10.5 per game, while Jamal Murray follows with 18.5 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Gary Harris adds 14.8 ppg and 3 rebounds but he is out with an injury. Philadelphia are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.4 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 13.5 per game, while Jimmy Butler follows with 18.9 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds per game. JJ Redick adds 18.3 ppg.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams so far this season with Denver having won the previous one at home by 16 points. Philadelphia are 21-6 at home, while Denver are 14-13 on the road. Philadelphia have a better offense with 115.3 ppg to Denver’s 112 ppg, while Denver have a better defense, allowing 107.1 ppg to Philadelphia’s 112.1. Both squads have similar accuracy both from the field (47.2% to 47.1%) and from behind the arc (35.9% to 35.6%). Denver commit fewer turnovers (12.8 to 15.2), while Philadelphia are better in rebounding (47.1 to 46.3) and they dish almost the same number of assists per game (27.5 to 27.4). Philadelphia are very effective at home this season and expect them to win by more than 5 points tonight.
Nuggets vs Sixers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 (-111)