Denver Nuggets vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 1/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+1.5)
The Denver Nuggets (3-5) travel to Wells Fargo Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Philadelphia 76ers (7-2). Philadelphia opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 230.
The Denver Nuggets took the court against the Dallas Mavericks and ended up losing by a score of 124-117 in their last contest. Denver wrapped up the game having earned a 44.3% field goal percentage (43 out of 97) and converted 15 of their 44 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Nuggets converted 16 of 21 tries for a percentage of 76.2%. In terms of rebounding, they collected 47 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 assists for the matchup in addition to having 8 steals and 2 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Denver allowed the other team to go 48.3% from the floor on 42 out of 87 shooting. Dallas distributed 27 dimes and had 12 steals for the contest. In addition, the Mavericks snagged 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Dallas finished shooting 77.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 24 of their 31 shots. They also converted 16 out of their 40 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Nikola Jokić is one guy who played a role for this contest. He ended up finishing with 38 points on 14 out of 31 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 41:13 minutes and pulled down 11 boards. Jokić finished the game shooting 45.2% from the floor and also recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Nuggets was Jamal Murray. He totaled 4 rebounds and earned 9 assists. He ended up going 42.1% from the field for this game by connecting on 8-of-19 (21 points). Overall, Murray played for 46:18 min.
Denver will take the court with a mark of 3-5 for the year. They have an average of 117.0 points per game (5th in basketball) while hitting 48.8% from the floor. The Nuggets are shooting 36.7% from downtown (98 of 267) and 73.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Denver is pulling in 42.4 rebounds per contest and has racked up 220 dimes so far this season, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.1 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 21.4 personal fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Nuggets are able to force 15.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 24.1 personal fouls. The Nuggets defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.3% (121 of 193) and they concede 40.8 boards per contest as a group. They rank 23rd in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 222 surrendered this season. They are conceding 39.5% on 3-pointers while they are 23rd in the NBA in PPG allowed (117.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers went home defeated by a final of 122-109 when they played the Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers pulled down 43 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 47 for the game. They turned away 6 attempts while recording 6 steals in the game. The Nets were called for 17 fouls in the matchup which took the 76ers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a clip of 90.0%. When it comes to three-point shots, Philadelphia made 9 out of their 26 tries (34.6%). When the final whistle blew, the 76ers ended up shooting 41 out of 87 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.1%. The 76ers allowed the Nets to bury 44 out of 97 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.4% in this contest. They shot 40.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 15 of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 29 from the free throw line (65.5%). With respect to how they rebounded, Philadelphia permitted Brooklyn to pull down 48 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Shake Milton ended up being important for the 76ers for this game. He buried 8 of 13 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which gave him 24 points. Milton pulled down 2 rebounds in his 36:19 mins of time on the hardwood and totaled 7 assists in this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Philadelphia was Joel Embiid. He ended up with 20 points in his 29:52 minutes played by way of 7 out of 14 from the floor in this matchup. Embiid ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor while also earning 3 assists and 12 boards.
Philadelphia has a record of 7-2 on the campaign. The 76ers are responsible for committing 20.6 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 76.1% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 26.1 times per game (7th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 17.4 times per contest. Philadelphia has earned 1,027 pts on the campaign (114.1 per game) and they snag 47.0 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the 76ers are connecting on 48.6% from the field, which is 5th in the league. The 76ers on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the league in PPG given up with 107.8. The Philadelphia defense gives up 37.0% on 3-point shots (111 of 300) and opponents are making 77.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 26.3 assists and 43.7 rebounds every game, which ranks 24th and 10th in the league. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.9% from the field (2nd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (+1.5)
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