Philadelphia 76ers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction for January 16

The current NBA title holders, the Denver Nuggets, are set to face the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Positioned third in their respective conferences, the Western’s Nuggets and the Eastern’s 76ers, are gearing up for a significant showdown. In their first matchup of the season, MVP candidates Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the 76ers will go head-to-head.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers vs Denver Nuggets

With an impressive 28-13 record this season and wins in seven of their last ten games, the Nuggets are showing strong form. This game marks their first clash against the 76ers in this season. The 76ers, contending with injuries and playing back-to-back games for the second night in a row, are bolstered by Joel Embiid’s return, making them a formidable opponent for the Nuggets. The Denver Nuggets recently secured a 117-109 win over the Indiana Pacers, while the Philadelphia 76ers triumphed against the Houston Rockets, 124-115, in their last game.

The game is scheduled for 19:30 ET on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, which corresponds to 00:30 a.m. GMT on Wednesday, January 17. The venue for this anticipated match is the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This article provides NBA betting tips and predictions for the Nuggets vs 76ers game on January 16. It includes the latest betting odds, important stats, team news, and probable starting lineups.

Denver Nuggets vs Philadelphia 76ers latest odds on betting sites

The moneyline odds for the 76ers are set at 1.54, equivalent to -185 in American odds, while the Nuggets’ moneyline odds stand at 2.50, or +150 in American terms.

Spread:

  • 76ers -4.0: 1.91 (-110)
  • Nuggets +4.0: 1.9 (-110)

Over/Under:

  • Over 227.0: 1.91 (-110)
  • Under 227.0: 1.91 (-110)

Philadelphia 76ers vs Denver Nuggets last game results

76ers cruised past the Rockets

Joel Embiid, the star center of the Philadelphia 76ers, made a remarkable return from injury, scoring 41 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, which was crucial in leading the 76ers to a 124-115 victory over the Houston Rockets, thereby extending their win streak to two games.

Tyrese Maxey also played a key role, contributing 27 points and seven assists. Off the bench, Patrick Beverly added 11 vital points, and Tobias Harris chipped in with 10 points.

The team’s overall statistics were impressive: 40 out of 83 (48.2%) in field goals, 15 out of 31 (48.4%) in 3-pointers, and 29 out of 34 (85.3%) in free throws. They also recorded 25 assists, 41 total rebounds, 4 blocks, 8 steals, and 10 turnovers.

In terms of team news for the 76ers, Robert Covington (knee) and De’Anthony Melton (back) are out for the upcoming game. Mo Bamba (knee), Kenneth Lofton Jr (shoulder), and Jaden Springer (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Nuggets edged the Pacers

Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic delivered an exceptional performance for the Denver Nuggets, scoring 25 points, securing 12 rebounds, and providing nine assists, narrowly missing his 13th triple-double of the season. His efforts were instrumental in the Nuggets’ 117-109 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray each scored 25 points, contributing significantly to the Nuggets’ victory. The team exhibited excellent shooting, achieving a season-high 64.8% from the field, with all five starters scoring in double digits. Aaron Gordon’s contribution of 20 points and 10 rebounds further underscored the Nuggets’ commanding performance. Impressively, they now have a 17-4 home record for the season.

Jokic’s shooting accuracy was a standout feature, successfully making 12 of his 13 field-goal attempts. His recent form is remarkable, shooting an extraordinary 81% (85 of 105) from the field in the past nine games, highlighting his consistent and vital role in the team’s success.

Team statistics include 46/71 (64.8%) in field goals, 10/20 (50.0%) in 3-pointers, 15/23 (65.2%) in free throws, along with 31 assists, 40 total rebounds, 8 steals, 3 blocks, and 21 turnovers.

Regarding team news, the Nuggets will be without Julian Strawther (knee) for the game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (back), Aaron Gordon (heel), Michael Porter Jr (knee), Jamal Murray (shin), and Nikola Jokic (hip) are all listed as questionable for the upcoming game.

Nuggets vs 76ers H2H

In the history of their NBA matchups, the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers have competed in 96 official games. The 76ers hold a narrow lead with 53 victories, compared to the Nuggets’ 43 wins. Over the last two years, the teams have evenly split their season series.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Denver Nuggets lineups and key players

Philadelphia 76ers projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Tyrese Maxey
  • Shooting guard: Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • Small forward: Nicolas Batum
  • Power forward: Tobias Harris
  • Center: Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid, the current MVP, is undeniably the linchpin of his team, having distinguished himself as the critical player this season through his remarkable performances. With an average of 34.9 points per game, he tops the NBA in scoring. Furthermore, his authoritative control of the rebounds, averaging 11 per game, showcases his dominance in the paint.

Denver Nuggets projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Jamal Murray
  • Shooting guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Small forward: Aaron Gordon
  • Power forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Center: Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic has solidified his role as the undisputed leader of his team through his phenomenal performances throughout the season. He is a formidable presence on the court, averaging 25.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Additionally, his remarkable average of 9.3 assists per game highlights his exceptional playmaking skills, particularly impressive for a big man.

Nuggets vs 76ers predictions and betting tips

The 76ers pride themselves on their defensive prowess, which is likely to be a key factor in making significant stops. They are currently ranked first in the NBA in three-point defense, fifth in blocks, third in opponent effective field goal percentage (eFG%), and are leading the league in steals.

Despite Denver’s recent victories against Indiana and New Orleans, their success might not be as easily replicated at the Wells Fargo Center. The Nuggets, who committed 21 turnovers in their last game against the Pacers, could face a challenging battle against the 76ers, especially given the latter’s league-leading status in steals.

Considering these factors, the prediction here is that the Philadelphia 76ers will emerge victorious over the Denver Nuggets.

  • Betting prediction: Philadelphia 76ers to win
  • Odds: 1.54 (-185 American).
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