Nuggets vs. 76ers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 09, 2021

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If this matchup goes ahead, it’s unclear how many 76ers will be out due to the league's COVID-19 protocol.

Denver
47-25
AT
January 09, 2021, 3:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
49-23
Pointspread -5 -110
Moneyline -207
Over / Under o +220

51%

Betting Action

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Pointspread +5 -110
Moneyline +172
Over / Under u +220

51%

Betting Action

49%

It’s still up in the air how many players will be available for the 76ers on Saturday.  After Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the entire Philadelphia team was placed in quarantine to conduct contact tracing.

These teams split the season series last year, with each team picking up a home victory, while Philadelphia leads the all-time regular season series 51-39.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Denver is a high-scoring team that gives up as many chances as it gets.  The Nuggets have hit the over in seven of their eight games this season and they’re 2-6 against the spread (ATS).  When it comes to this matchup, The Nuggets have gone 2-5 straight up in their last seven games against the Sixers and 2-5 ATS in those games. These contests are usually low scoring, with the over only hitting in three of the last nine games.

The 76ers enter this game with a perfect 5-0 record at home and have gone 3-2 ATS in those games, hitting the over twice at home and three times on the year.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are coming into this game looking to bounce back from a tough 124-117 overtime loss to the Mavericks on Thursday.  Nikola Jokic went shot-for-shot with Dallas’ Luca Doncic with both players putting up 38 points.  Jokic leads Denver in scoring, averaging 25.9 points per game, 11.6 rebounds and 10.9 assists.  The Nuggets have four other players averaging double-digit points on the year, Michael Porter Jr. (19.5 points), Jamal Murray (22 points), Paul Millsap (11.3 points) and Monte Morris (10.9 points).

Denver is averaging an even plus/minus on the year.  They sit fifth in league scoring, averaging 117 points per game, but 23rd in scoring defence, giving up an average of 117 points per game.  The Nuggets are on a cross-country trip to get to Philadelphia, but they should actually have the advantage as the 76ers were forced to stay in Brooklyn after the positive Curry test.  Denver also has one of the best scoring offences in the league and they’ll be playing a tired team that will be missing players and has given up 258 points in their last two games.

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia has the best record in the league and looks like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, although they are coming off a 122-109 loss on Thursday, to a Brooklyn team that was missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.  The Sixers fell into an early hole and by half time they never seriously threatened the Nets.  It was a surprising game from the best team in the league, that also came into Brooklyn off its best game of the season, shooting an NBA season-high 61.7 per cent in a 141-136 win in Washington.

What is obviously most concerning is the unknown status of their entire team.  Philadelphia didn’t learn of Seth Curry’s positive COVID-19 test until he had already been sitting on the bench for the entire first quarter of the Brooklyn game.  It’s unclear how many players will be forced to miss Saturday’s game, but it sounds like there will be multiple absences from the NBA’s top team.

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