Philadelphia 76ers will host the Denver Nuggets in Monday’s action of the NBA 2021-22. The home side has been pretty shaky recently, and they want to stabilize their form. The visitors lost twice in a row, and they look forward to getting mack on the winning track.
Philadelphia returns home, where they suffered a defeat in the latest match on their court. The hosts want to remain at the top of their division and search for an important win here. On the other hand, Denver wasn’t successful in its last two matches, and they want to bounce back here. Success on the road would keep them in the top two in their division.
Philadelphia 76ers – Can they be more consistent?
The 76ers go to this game after a narrow 116-114 overtime win away to the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon. There’s no time for rest for Philadelphia, as they host the Denver Nuggets on Monday evening. They are joint-first in the Atlantic Division with Boston Celtics, having a 41-25 record. However, the 76ers haven’t been very consistent lately, as they lost twice on the previous four occasions. Nevertheless, Joel Embiid led them to a valuable victory last time out by scoring 35 points, followed by 16 rebounds, seven assists, a pair of blocks, and one steal for 41 minutes on the court.
The 76ers’ center has been the team’s most productive player this season, with 29.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.1 steals per contest. James Harden averages 22.3 pts after his first six games for Philadelphia, followed by 11.2 assists, 7.3 rebs, and 1.3 steals. Tobias Harris produces 17.9 points and seven rebounds, while Tyrese Maxey contributes with 17.4 pts. Except for Danny Green, who is out of the selection for this match, all other Philadelphia players should be ready.
Expected Line-Up: Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid
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Denver Nuggets – Will they return to the winning track?
The Nuggets head to this game after two straight defeats and will try to break that losing run in Philadelphia. Nevertheless, they are still second in the Northwest Division with a 40-28 record, being one win ahead of the Timberwolves and having a game in hand. Denver suffered both defeats on the home court, while they have been excellent on the road, winning five times in a row. However, they need to do better than against the Raptors, who controlled the paint with 11 rebounds more than Denver.
Nikola Jokic dominates the Nuggets’ offense with 26.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game on average. Will Barton contributes with 14.9 pts, 4.9 rebs, and 3.8 assists, while Aaron Gordon averages 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. Monte Morris and Jeff Green are another two players that produce a double-digit number of points on average. Regarding the Nuggets’ roster depth ahead of this game, Michael Porter Jr. won’t participate, while Aaron Gordon and Zeke Nnaji are listed as questionable.
Expected Line-Up: Monte Morris, Will Barton, Austin Rivers, Jeff Green, Nikola Jokic
Expert Pick #1 – Denver Nuggets +2.5 @-110
Although they go to this match with two straight defeats, I believe the Nuggets can cover the number here. They had more time to prepare for this match, while the 76ers are coming to this one after a demanding overtime clash just one day ago. Denver has been excellent on the road lately, and they are going to be my first pick here.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 220.5 @-110
We had the opportunity to see many efficient matches in which both sides have been involved lately. Six of Philadelphia’s last nine went over the margin, while the Over cashed in five of the Nuggets’ last six against the Atlantic Division opponent. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Denver Nuggets Over 108.5 @-110
The odds are the same as for the first two picks, and as the second alternative, I’m taking the visitors over the margin. They scored 109+ points on the road four times in the last five outings, and they should be pretty efficient again.