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Nuggets vs 76ers NBA Game Preview

Denver NuggetsPhiladelphia 76ers
11-8December 07, 2013, 07:00 | Wells Fargo Center7-13

Denver pays a visit to Philadelphia on Saturday, hoping to send the 76ers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers bring a 7-13 record (9-11 ATS) to the battle against the 11-8 Nuggets, who are 10-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Philadelphia go 14-6 so far and the Nuggets go 10-9. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Denver Nuggets vs Philadelphia 76ers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the 76ers sat as 6-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 215.5.

This game matches up the No. 30 (76ers) and the No. 12 (Nuggets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 99-90 result in favor of the Nuggets is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Denver, they were a 106-98 loser as they battled the Celtics on the road. The Nuggets failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 204 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Ty Lawson scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Nuggets to victory (they lost 106-98 to Boston at TD Garden on Friday).

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 105-88 result against the Bobcats on December 6. The 76ers failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog, while the 193 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Tony Wroten scored 21 points in a failed effort to lead the 76ers to victory (they lost 105-88 to Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 8-ranked offense (103.4 PPG) against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 23 at 101.74 PPG. The 76ers have averaged 44.74% from the field per game, less than the Nuggets have managed so far this season (45.44% on average).

A few Nuggets at 76ers trends to consider:
Denver is 7-1-1 SU in its last 9 games
Denver is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Denver is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Denver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Denver

Next up:
Denver at Washington, Monday, December 9th
Philadelphia home to Los Angeles, Monday, December 9th