NBA Odds & Predictions: Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers Friday February 8th, 2019
Both Denver and Philadelphia Look to Shake off Losing Streaks
The Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers are two of the best teams in their respective conferences and they both come into this game riding two-game losing streaks.
Denver stood pat at the trade deadline, relying on the strong team chemistry and team play that’s helped bring them to second place in the Western Conference, just 1.5 games behind Golden State for the top-spot.
One reason they are so high is because of their consistency. The team has not lost more than two games in a row since the middle of November.
They’ve also been dealing with injuries to various players in their core throughout most of the season and right now is no exception.
Starting shooting guard Gary Harris has only played 32 games this season and has been out since the start of the month with a groin injury. Starting power forward Paul Millsap has played in 44 of 54 games, but he’s questionable for this one with an ankle issue.
The Nuggets are wrapping up a four-game road trip and have losses to Detroit and Brooklyn this week. While the losses are somewhat of a surprise, it’s worth noting that the game against the Pistons was their third in four nights and the loss to the Nets was their fourth in sixth.
When they are giving up 129 and 135 in back-to-back games, fatigue certainly appears to be a factor for this team.
Harris joins a squad that has Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler and they are clearly all-in for an NBA title. His addition -at least on paper- arguably gives the 76ers the best starting lineup in the East.
It remains to be seen if he’ll make his first appearance with his new team in this one.
In the short run, there are bound to be some adjustments as he goes from being the top-dog on the Clippers to an important, but less-utilized player with Philadelphia.
The 76ers lost to Sacramento and Toronto in their last two games.
Philadelphia is -4.5 point favorites and while I expect them to get a boost from the addition of Harris, I think they’re in tough against Denver. The Nuggets should be better rested with a couple of days now in between games. The Pick: Nuggets 118-113.