The Philadelphia 76ers (49-25) face the Denver Nuggets (50-24) Monday at Ball Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the 76ers vs. Nuggets odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The 76ers were unable to cover as 1-point road underdogs in Saturday’s 125-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Philadelphia is now only 2 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Nuggets cruised to a 129-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 3-point home favorites on Saturday. Denver is 3 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
This will be the second meeting between these teams this season. The 76ers won 126-119 as 3-point home favorites while the Over (232) connected in the first meeting on Jan. 28.
76ers at Nuggets odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:20 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): 76ers +170 (bet $100 to win $170) | Nuggets -200 (bet $200 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): 76ers +4.5 (-105) | Nuggets -4.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 230.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
76ers at Nuggets key injuries
- C Joel Embiid (calf) questionable
- G James Harden (Achilles) questionable
- F Michael Porter Jr. (heel) questionable
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
76ers at Nuggets picks and predictions
Nuggets 118, 76ers 111
Even though the Nuggets (-200) are expected to secure the victory at home, taking them to win at the current odds isn’t worth the risk.
NUGGETS -4.5 (-115) is my play in this highly anticipated matchup between Embiid and Jokic (assuming Embiid plays) as they are competing for the NBA MVP award in the final weeks of the season. Denver has looked like the much better team recently as it hopes to remain the No. 1 seed in the West down the stretch.
The Nuggets are also 23-13-1 ATS in their 37 home games this season.
LEAN UNDER 230.5 (-115).
There is a ton of offensive firepower in this game if either or both Embiid and Harden suit up for the 76ers. However, both of these teams are in the bottom 9 in pace this season.
The 76ers are 6-1 to the Under in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record, and the Nuggets are 5-0 to the Under in their last 5 games overall. The Under is also 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these teams.
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