The Denver Nuggets conclude a four-game East Coast road swing with a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Denver has been struggling over the past week, and that continued as it faltered down the stretch on the defensive end in its loss against the Nets on Sunday. The Nuggets had no problem making shots (until the final possession), but they could not get a stop to save their life. The same thing happened in a recent game with the Kings, and, though it is early in the year, they need to quell the struggles. Closing out games is not always as simple as wild turnaround jumpers by Nikola Jokic.
Philadelphia, on the other hand, is looking real good and comes off a win over the Raptors that followed a 47-point beatdown of the struggling Cavaliers. The 76ers have yet to lose a game in front of their home fans this year, one of three teams in the conference without a home loss. They have a solid starting unit and, even with Josh Richardson out, have not skipped a beat and continue to get the job done. They will be looking to stay perfect at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night.
The spread for Tuesday night favors the 76ers by four points, with the over/under set at 206.
Looking To Get Back On Track
After showing signs of not being able to finish games in the past week, we’ll see what Denver can do in this one. There are rumors going around of a potential Kevin Love-to-Denver trade, though it would not seem to be realistic. What the Nuggets truly need more than anything is an established guard to put next to Jamal Murray that is a proven shot-maker.
Paul Millsap and Jerami Grant get it done at the power forward spot for them this year, though they could make a package out of Michael Porter Jr. and possibly Millsap if they truly wanted a deal done. The Nuggets were a win away from the Western Conference Finals last year, but the conference is far more stacked now.
Jokic versus Joel Embiid is the key matchup for this primetime battle, and we’ll see how it winds up going for Jokic. His numbers have been down, but he steps up whenever the Nuggets need him.
Trying To Stay Perfect
Nobody has come into Philadelphia and left with a smile on their face this season. And plenty of teams have had the opportunity to do it. Now the Sixers are hoping to turn Denver away as the latest team to take a loss in Philadelphia. Ben Simmons’ game continues to stay pretty much the same, although he did score 34 against the Cavaliers. Embiid and Al Horford have looked solid on the occasions that they are actually sharing the floor together.
The 76ers will be looking to their bench to make some shots and propel the team forward. This hasn’t been an issue yet, although they lack guys that can score at will. They are eyeing Jordan Clarkson from Cleveland.
Philadelphia Wins A Close One
Sorry Denver, but this isn’t your night. The 76ers will take care of business.
Free Play: PHI -4
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