The NBA MVP race heats up on Monday night, as Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Embiid and Philly got the best of Denver in Philly, but Jokic could turn the tide in the MVP conversation with a dominant performance tonight. Embiid and the Sixers are coming off a blowout loss to Phoenix without James Harden, and Harden and Embiid are both questionable for this game.
Denver has listed forward Michael Porter Jr. (heel) as questionable as well for this contest.
The Nuggets have been elite at home all season long, going 31-6 straight up, but can they cover a 5.5-point spread against a tough Philly team?
Let’s dive into the odds and a pick:
76ers vs. Nuggets odds, spread and total
76ers vs. Nuggets prediction and pick
Even though Philly won the first matchup between these teams, I love the Nuggets to cover the spread tonight and win.
Denver is coming off a dominant win over the Milwaukee Bucks, and the team has started to turn things around after a rough showing post-All-Star break.
Three straight wins has given Denver a three-game cushion in the West, and the team would have a major advantage if Harden sits again tonight.
The Sixers are 7-9 against the spread as road underdogs, which puts them in the bottom half of the NBA this season.
That record is despite the Sixers posting the best net rating on the road this season.
Denver is elite as a home favorite (21-13-1 ATS), and I think that continues tonight.
Denver lost by seven in Philly, but the tide turns tonight with Jokic potentially emerging as the MVP afterward.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.