The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim with tips for a showdown between bona fide contenders the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.
12:00 (AEDT), Wed 11th Dec @ Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
History: Played 89: 76ers 50 V Nuggets 39
Last meeting: November 8, 2019: Nuggets 100 d 76ers 97 at Pepsi Center
Final Thoughts: The Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets sit fourth in their respective conferences. But the heavyweights’ form-lines are trending in opposite directions at present.
The 17-7 Sixers have won 10 of their last 12, including a 110-104 home victory over the Raptors two days ago.
Ben Simmons finished one assist shy of a triple-double, while Tobias Harris top-scored with 26 points. The result also extended Philadelphia’s home record to a perfect 12-0.
Meanwhile, the 14-7 Nuggets’ only win in their last five games was against the lowly Knicks.
Since then, they have crashed to the Celtics (108-95) and Nets (105-102) on the road. Out-of-sorts key man Nikola Jokic showed signs of turning his form around in those two defeats, however, racking up a combined 54 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists.
Denver are 6-4 on the road but have lost three of their last four away.
The 76ers had won four of their last five against the Nuggets heading into this season, but the Nuggets got up 100-97 when the teams met in Denver last month.
However, Philadelphia were without Ben Simmons. Denver talisman Nikola Jokic (26 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk) had one of his better games of the season. Jamal Murray (22 pts, 6 reb, 11 ast) was also a standout.
The clash of big men Jokic and Joel Embiid should have a big bearing on the outcome. But the Sixers have to many other in-form stars to back against here, particularly given their imposing home record.
With two of the top four defensive teams in the NBA squaring off, the under options also shape as an astute play.
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