Sensational Sixers Set to Swarm Nuggets

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Swinging Johnson

Monday, March 26, 2018 3:03 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 26, 2018 3:03 PM UTC

The 76ers are gunning for their first postseason appearance since the lockout-shortened season of 2011-2012, while their opponents, the Denver Nuggets, are on the bubble of a Western Conference playoff spot. Let’s break this one down.

Nuggets (40-33 SU, 33-37-3 ATS) at 76ers (42-30 SU, 41-31 ATS)Free NBA Pick: 76ers -5½Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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  • Philadelphia is 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite.
  • Philadelphia is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games.
  • Philadelphia is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Denver is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Denver is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Denver is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.

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— x - Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 26, 2018
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Ben Simmons has been everything Philadelphia anticipated when they selected him as the top overall pick in the 2016 draft, and he could very well wind up as this year’s NBA’s Rookie of the Year even though it is technically his second year in the league. Simmons was sidelined all last season with a broken foot and is therefore eligible for the award. But more to the point, Simmons enters tonight’s clash with the Nuggets with triple-doubles in four of his last seven games and a total of 10 on the year, which ranks him second in league history in triple-doubles by a rookie. On the season, he's averaging 16.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets are fighting for their playoff lives, currently 1½ games behind the No. 8 Utah Jazz. Denver has won and covered their last two contests with a 135-102 blowout win over the lowly Bulls and a 108-100 win over the Wizards in their last outing. Third-year man Nikola Jokic has built off an impressive 2016-2017 campaign with an even better season this year, averaging 17.7 points and 10.5 boards per game. Jokic and teammate Jamal Murray both scored 25 in Denver’s win over Washington.

The last time these teams met was Dec. 30 when Philadelphia earned a 107-102 victory in Denver and brought home the cash for all those who backed them in their NBA picks as seven-point road dogs. The venue has shifted for this game and the Sixers are simply a better and more mature team than they were close to three months ago. The same could possibly be said of Denver but after a quick glance at the NBA odds board, it is clear that the perception of both teams has switched dramatically. As of this Monday morning writing, it is the 76ers that are decided favorites and installed as 5½ to 6 point betting favorites depending on where you shop.

Both teams have plenty of motivation to get the win tonight but Philadelphia is a juggernaut rolling downhill, winning six straight and covering their last four contests. Center Joel Embiid has been a beast on the glass, averaging 11 boards per game, and leading the Sixers as the No. 1 rebounding team in the league averaging 46.9 per game. Both offenses like to run but Philadelphia has been playing solid defense recently by allowing just 101.2 PPG over their last four. The Nuggets are geared to win shootouts as opposed to defensive battles. In addition, Denver has a game in Toronto on Tuesday. Let’s lay the number and back the home chalk here.

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