Last year's MVP winner and the winner of the two before that meet in Denver on Saturday afternoon.
Joel Embiid got the better of Nikola Jokic when the two teams met two weeks ago, but the location flips from Philadelphia to Denver, can that be enough to lift the Nuggets to a signature victory in front of a National TV audience?
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76ers vs. Nuggets Odds, Spread and Total
Nuggets vs. 76ers Betting Trends
- The Nuggets are 19-25-1 against the spread (ATS) this season
- The 76ers are 27-16 ATS this season
- The Sixers have gone OVER in 13 of 20 road games this season
76ers vs. Nuggets Injury Reports
76ers Injury Report
- Marcus Morris St. - probable
- Tyrese Maxey - questionable
- Tobias Harris - questionable
- Mo Bomba - questionable
- Kenneth Lofton - OUT
Nuggets Injury Report
- Aaron Gordon - probable
- Reggie Jackson - probable
- Jamal Murray - probable
- Nikola Jokic - probable
- Julian Strawther - OUT
76ers vs. Nuggets How to Watch
- Date: Saturday, January 27th
- Game Time: 5:30 PM EST
- Venue: Ball Arena
- How to Watch (TV): ABC
- 76ers Record: 29-14
- Nuggets Record: 31-15
76ers vs. Nuggets Key Players to Watch
Joel Embiid: The numbers are video game-like for Jokic, who is averaging 36 points per game this season and put up 70 earlier this week against the Spurs. However, he carved up the Denver defense at home in the prior meeting, scoring 40 points and dishing out 10 assists in the win. Can he bring his high level of play to Ball Arena and outduel Jokic again?
Nikola Jokic: The Nuggets were blown out last game against the Knicks, and Jokic took a shot to the eye that has him on the injury report. He's expected to play, and I expect a bounce back effort for Jokic, who is still putting up MVP like numbers, averaging 26 points, nearly 12 rebounds and nine assists.
76ers vs. Nuggets Prediction and Pick
This matchup sets up nicely for the Nuggets to come back home and get a convincing win against the Sixers.
Despite having the dominant Embiid, the Sixers offense is slowing down in January, 16th in points per 100 possessions this month, and that won't travel well against the Nuggets.
Denver has the firepower to outpace anybody in the league with Jokic and Murray running the most devastating two-man game around. Denver remains a potent offense after it's title winning campaign, sixth in effective field goal percentage this season.
The Sixers had an incredibly effective offensive showing at home in addition to Embiid's excellence, shooting 56% from the field and taking nine more free throws. I believe with the change in venue we see the home team bring a heightened effort and cover as small favorites.
Give me the Nuggets at home.
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