The Denver Nuggets pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.
The Denver Nuggets have won eight of their last 11 games and they were one of the hottest teams in the league when they were riding a six-game win streak, but they’re now looking to snap a two-game skid after falling short against the Nets in a 135-130 road loss on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic led the team with a triple-double of 25 points with 14 rebounds and 10 assists, Miles Plumlee added 24 points on 10 of 12 shooting, Jamal Murray added 19 points with 11 assists while Monte Morris chipped in with 18 points and five assists off the bench. As a team, the Nuggets shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 35 points in the first quarter before getting outscored by a combined 78-52 in the second and third quarter to fall behind by as many as 21 points before a late charge kept the final scores respectable.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in decent shape as they’ve won seven of their past 11 games, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short against the Raptors in a 119-107 home loss on Tuesday. Joel Embiid led the team with 37 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, Ben Simmons added 20 points with six assists while Jimmy Butler chipped in with 18 points and five assists. As a team, the 76ers shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 29 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after the Raptors stormed out of the gates to lead by 17-point lead going into halftime. With the loss, Philadelphia fell to 34-20 overall and 21-6 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team above .600. The 76ers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss of more than 10 points, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games against a team above .600 and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss.
Head to head, the road team is 19-6-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings, the underdog is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the Nuggets are 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Nuggets are looking to get back on track after stumbling against the Nets on Wednesday, but they’re coming up against a 76ers team looking to try out their new recruit in Tobias Harris who they acquired from the Clippers. I’m tempted to take the more settled Nuggets unit but they’re just 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, so I’m sticking with the 76ers who are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.