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(7-13) Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers (4-16)
Date: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: DEN -4
NBA Betting Total: 211
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Monday night NBA features a matchup between two teams that are struggling like few others in the league.
That said, these two are admittedly among the game’s most exciting teams to watch among those who don’t fall into the first-, second- or even third-tier at this juncture.
The Nuggets aren’t living up to the playoff-hopeful expectations that defined them entering the 2016-17 season. Nobody expected them to be a true contender, but the fact that their record is as close to Philly’s as it is should surprise most.
Entering this contest, the Nuggets have lost three straight — not to mention five of their last six. Their only win in that stretch was against the lowly Phoenix Suns, 120-114.
So far on the year, Denver is averaging 106.3 points per game. That’s good enough to put them in the top 10 of the league — 9th at this point in the process.
Defensively, the Nuggets haven’t been as impressive. They’re giving up 109.5 points on a nightly basis, which puts them at 27th.
Against Philadelphia, the key is to contain the role players.
We know at this point that Joel Embiid is going to get his numbers, but we also know that the Sixers struggle to win even when the young center is taking control of the game.
If Denver struggles to contain the likes of Sergio Rodriguez, Dario Saric and the other players most casual fans across the league don’t even recognize, that’s when the Nuggets will be in trouble on the road Monday night.
Like Denver, Philly is in the middle of a bad losing streak. Unlike Denver, there’s not even a lonely win in the middle of it to break up the sadness.
Entering this contest, the 76ers have lost six straight. They avoided a seventh loss with a postponed contest against the Sacramento Kings last week due to moisture on the floor, so that’s good news I guess if you’re a Philly fan…
On the year, Philadlphia is just 26th in points per game. It’s scoring 97.8 points per contest.
Defensively, the Sixers are giving up 107.8 points per night, which puts them at 25th in the Association.
Joel Embiid was named Rookie of the Month for November in the East, and he and Philly will be going up against the Rookie of the Month in the West Monday in Denver’s Jamal Murray.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Nuggets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- 76ers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win.
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
The Sixers have actually been decent against the spread because of the fact that oddsmakers regularly see them as the heavy underdogs they deserve to bet — yet Philly is talented enough to cover on most nights.
The problem here is that Denver, who is admittedly also in the midst of a rough patch, is looking for a bounce-back performance.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: DEN ATS
If this were anything pushing toward a double-digit spread, Philadelphia would be an easy pick. But at four points (already down from the original 4.5-point line), it’s difficult to see the Nuggets losing this won either SU or ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver 113 – Philadelphia 105
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