The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a cross-conference showdown between heavyweights Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. 

NBA Tips – Denver Nuggets V Philadelphia 76ers

12:00 (AEDT), Wed 31st Mar @ Ball Arena, Denver

History: Played 91: 76ers 51 V Nuggets 40

Last meeting: January 9, 2021: Nuggets 115 d 76ers 103 at Wells Fargo Center

Final Thoughts: Denver Nuggets are on the march in the Western Conference, but the East-leading Philadelphia 76ers are the highest-quality outfit they have faced in several weeks.

The 28-18 Nuggets are sixth in the West thanks to 11 wins in their last 14 games. Since a heavy loss to the Raptors last week (135-111), Denver have recalibrated with victories over the Pelicans (113-108) and the in-form Hawks (126-102).

Jamychal Green (20 pts) top-scored off the bench against Atlanta, marquee and Nikola Jokic (16 pts, 10 reb, 8 ast) starred and ex-Magic offensive stud Aaron Gordon scored 13 points on Nuggets debut.

The 32-14 Sixers have won 10 of their 12 games in March. But they are coming off a 122-112 loss to the Clippers.

Tobias Harris has been picking up the scoring load in Joel Embiid absence and had 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists against the Clippers. But he needs more support in the offensive department – and the finger continues to be pointed at Defensive POTY candidate Ben Simmons. Embiid and George Hill are still some way off returning.

The teams met in Philadelphia in January, with the Nuggets scoring a 115-103 road win over a team missing Embiid, Simmons and Harris.

Jokic finished a rebound short of a triple-double, while Tyrese Maxey scored 39 points for the Sixers.

The Nuggets are 13-9 at home (9-13 ATS); the 76ers are 13-10 on the road (10-11-2 ATS).

Without Embiid, Philadelphia have been found out recently by dominant individuals such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. That doesn’t bode well for a road trip to take on MVP contender Jokic.

Tip: Handicap – Nuggets -4.5 @ $1.90

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