76ers vs Nuggets Odds and Picks

Tobias Harris standing on court

Tobias Harris has picked up the scoring pace for the 76ers in the absence of Joel Embiid. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Denver Nuggets are 4.5-point home favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at Ball Arena
  • Acquired from the Orlando Magic, Aaron Gordon scored 13 points in 21 minutes in his Nuggets’ debut Sunday
  • The lines for 76ers-Nuggets and a prediction can be found below

Two teams with NBA title hopes square off when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Denver Nuggets at 9pm ET Tuesday at Ball Arena.

The 76ers (32-14) lead the Eastern Conference despite having a four-game winning streak end Saturday with a 122-112 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles at 5.5-point underdogs. The loss also snapped Philadelphia’s six-game road winning streak.

The Nuggets (28-18) are fifth in the Western Conference but just 3.5 games behind the second-place Phoenix Suns. Denver has won consecutive games, including handling the Atlanta Hawks 126-102 on Sunday at home as a five-point favorite.

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76ers vs Nuggets Odds

Team Moneyline Spread at FanDuel Total
Philadelphia 76ers +162 +4.5 (-110) Over 221 (-110)
Denver Nuggets -194 -4.5 (-110) Under 221 (-110)

Odds as of March 29

Harris Shines in Embiid’s Absence

The 76ers are expected to be without All-Star Joel Embiid for a ninth consecutive games as he has a bone bruise in his left knee. However, Tobias Harris has been picking up some of the scoring slack with Embiid absent.

Harris had 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Saturday’s loss.

Harris has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five games and is averaging 24 in the eight games Embiid has sat out. Harris’ season average is 20.9.

The 76ers shot 50.6% (39-of-77) but were outpaced by the Clippers’ 52.9% (45-of-85).

Danny Green added 17 points and made five three-point field goals. Green has also stepped up his scoring lately, posting double figures in six straight games for the first time since 2014 when he was playing for the San Antonio Spurs.

Shake Milton scored 16 points in just over 20 minutes off the bench. He, too, has posted double-digit point totals in six straight games.

Ben Simmons chipped in with 15 points before fouling out.

Dwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game after getting a double technical foul with 10:35 remaining.

Gordon Makes Quick Impact

Aaron Gordon scored 13 points in 21 minutes in his Nuggets’ debut Sunday night. He was acquired three days earlier from the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline.

In 25 games with the Magic this season, Gordon averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Nuggets coach Michael Malone moved Gordon into the starting lineup at small forward in place of Paul Millsap.

Gordon was one of five Nuggets to score at least 15 points.

JaMychal Green led the way with a season-high 20 points in just under 14 minutes of reserve duty. Green had scored 14 points combined in the previous four games.

Nikola Jokic had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for his 41st double-double in 46 games this season. Michael Porter also had a double-double, his ninth of the season, as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Jamal Murray added 17 points as the Nuggets shot 54.3% (50-of-92) from the floor. Denver also outrebounded the Hawks 49-31.

Newly acquired backup center JaVale McGee did not play. He suited up for the first time since being acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the deadline.

Fans in the Stands

The Nuggets should have a little bit of a home-court advantage with people in the stands for the first time this season. Around 4,500 health-care workers and first responders are expected to attend.

Denver is looking to sweep the series after beating the short-handed 76ers 115-103 on Jan. 9 at Philadelphia as a 13.5-point pick. Philadelphia was missing four starters because of injuries and COVID-19 protocols.

Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 21 points but was sent to the Magic in the Gordon trade. Jokic just missed a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Tyrese Maxey had a career-high 39 points for the 76ers. The rookie’s season average is 7.3.

The 76ers are healthier this time, though, putting them in position to possibly exact some revenge.

Pick: 76ers +4.5 (-105)

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