The NBA is set up with a solid amount of action for Saturday. Five games are on the board in total for the NBA on January 26. One of the games will be between separate conference foes in the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets. Both of these teams are near the top of their respective conferences, which should lead to a good game on Saturday night. Tip off is set for 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The 76ers have started this season with a record of 32-17, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has won back to back games and five of their last six matchups. The 76ers have looked like a top team this season and it should help them match up well with Denver. The 76ers will look to keep the momentum from this winning streak going with another win on Saturday night.
Denver is sitting comfortably in second place of the Western Conference with a record of 32-15. The Nuggets played a game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, which could lead to some fatigue for their matchup against Philadelphia on Saturday night. Denver has won three of their last five games, including their matchup against the Suns on Friday night. The Nuggets will look to get a big win against Philadelphia.
Saturday night’s matchup between the 76ers and the Nuggets will be the first game of the season series. Philadelphia and Denver will meet up one more time this season on February 8. These two teams are both near the top of their conferences, which should lead to a tightly contested matchup on Saturday night.
Last Season’s Matchups
Last season, the 76ers and the Nuggets met up twice during the regular season. The Nuggets hosted the first matchup of the season. Jamal Murray dropped 31 points for Denver. Nikola Jokic scored 19 points and 13 rebounds, but it was not enough. Dario Saric scored 20 points for Philadelphia. J.J. Redick had 18 points, while Robert Covington put up 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 76ers were able to pull off a 107-102 win on the road.
The second game of the season series shifted back to Philadelphia. Will Barton dropped 25 points, while Jamal Murray had 17 points, but once again it was not enough. Joel Embiid played this time around and he dropped 20 points and 13 rebounds. Dario Saric scored another 20 points, while the 76ers starting lineup combined for 84 points. Philadelphia was able to pull off an impressive 123-104 win at home.
The 76ers finished last season’s series with Denver with a 2-0 lead. Philadelphia went onto make a playoff run to the second round of the playoffs, while the Nuggets barely missed out on the cut to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. Both teams have improved from last season and will look for that to help lead them to victory.
Shooting from the Field
Philadelphia has been one of the top teams at shooting from the field this season. The 76ers have been shooting at a really solid rate of 47.4 percent from the field. Philadelphia’s defense against the shot from the field is also in the top ten of the NBA. The 76ers have allowed their opponents to make only 45 percent of their shots.
The Nuggets have been doing well at shooting and defending from the field, but not quite as good as Philadelphia. Denver has made around 46.9 percent of their shots from the field this season. The Nuggets have been in the top half of the league when it comes to defending the field as well. Denver’s opponents have made 45.9 percent of their shots from the field.
The 76ers have been doing a really good job at making and defending the field this season. Philadelphia has been making a good percentage of their three point and two point shots, which has made for a nice balance this season. The 76ers defense has been doing really well also, which makes me believe they can stop Denver’s solid shooting as well.
Joel Embiid has been playing a really solid role at the Center spot for the 76ers this season. Embiid has averaged 27 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Philadelphia could be missing Jimmy Butler on Saturday night. He has been averaging 19 points per game. J.J. Redick has averaged 18.5 points per game. Ben Simmons is averaging 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game.
Nikola Jokic has also been doing really well at the Center spot. Jokic is averaging 20 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Jamal Murray is averaging 18.5 points per game. Gary Harris has averaged 15.5 points per game. Will Barton and Paul Millsap are both averaging over 12 points per game.
The battle between Embiid and Jokic at the Center spot should be a key matchup to watch. These two players are playing really well this season, but I believe Embiid earns the edge in this game. Philadelphia relies on more of their top players to perform, while the Nuggets look for their depth players to step up. This should be a good balanced game on Saturday night.
The Nuggets are coming in off a win on Friday night and I believe it will make them a little tired for Saturday nights game. Philadelphia might be without Jimmy Butler, but I still believe they have what it takes to compete with Denver. The 76ers have been doing really well from the field, which could give them the edge on Saturday night.
BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -9 against the spread on Saturday night. This implies that Denver is going to dominate this game. Since it is in Denver, I believe they have a good chance to pull off a win, but since they played on Friday night, I believe they will be a little tired. I believe that the 76ers have the matchups to keep this game close. I am taking Philadelphia to with the points on their side.