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76ers vs Nuggets: Odds, Line, and Picks (3/14/22)

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The bulk of the NBA season has already been played, but there is still a lot to play for. Most teams have played around 65 games, which means we’re into the final quarter of the season. Playoff races are tight as we approach the end of the season. Not only that, but the MVP race is starting to heat up as the final weeks of the season play out. Today we will see the two MVP frontrunners in Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic face off in a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.

Embiid and his 76ers have been in NBA headlines all season. The controversy around star player Ben Simmons dominated storylines in the NBA for half the year. However, a few weeks ago he was traded to Brooklyn in a blockbuster trade that saw superstar James Harden traded to Philly. Now Embiid has a truly elite running mate as he tries to win his first NBA championship. 

Conversely, Jokic has quietly gone about his business again this season. While he hasn’t been in the news as much, he is putting together another stellar season. The reigning MVP is right in the mix for the trophy again, and it looks like his only competition at this point is Embiid. The results of this game could have big implications on the minds of voters. 

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It might just be a regular-season game, but there are big implications for the MVP race. So, will Embiid and the 76ers take down Jokic and the Nuggets? We’ll find out tonight! 

76ers vs Nuggets Odds 

Betting on NBA games can be a lot of fun, but it can be difficult to determine where to place your bets. Tonight will not be easy as the 76ers and Nuggets are two great teams. Here are the odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. 

  • Spread: 76ers -3 Nuggets +3
  • Total: 76ers U 224 Nuggets O 224
  • Money Line: 76ers -150 Nuggets +130

The 76ers are the favorite tonight, but that could open up some interesting betting options for you. 

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Outlook 

The 76ers come into the game as the betting favorite, which makes sense. After all, they’re the number two team in the Eastern Conference, and they just added James Harden to an already stellar team. They’re also playing at home tonight, which should be a big boost. However, there is one major issue with betting on Philly tonight, and that’s the fact that they played last night.  

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Back to backs are always challenging for teams, and even more so when you need to travel. So, while Philly has the luxury of playing at home tonight, the fact that they needed to fly back home from Orlando last night means they might be tired. 

Betting on the 76ers to win here is reasonable, and you get decent odds at -150, but there are some signs that could point to a loss. As a result, betting the spread on the 76ers might not make a lot of sense, even though it’s set at just -3. Conversely, it makes sense to bet on the 76ers side of the total. It’s set at under 224, and these are two teams that are better on defense than offense.  

Denver Nuggets Betting Outlook 

The Nuggets are the betting underdog tonight, but it actually might make sense to bet on them. You get decent odds at +130, and they have several things going for them. They had a day off last night, which cannot be said for Philly. Additionally, since Philly had to fly in from Orlando last night, it almost cancels out home-court advantage. While the Nuggets have lost their past two games, they have been one of the best teams in the NBA since the start of February. So, a bet on them tonight would make a lot of sense. 

76ers vs Nuggets Prediction 

Normally, the home team has the advantage coming into a game, especially when it’s a match between two elite teams. However, that doesn’t look like the case here. The 76ers are coming off a game last night that went to overtime against Orlando. As a result, they will be coming in with tired legs. Conversely, Denver hasn’t played since Saturday when they were defeated by the Raptors. It’s also important to note that while Philly has a decent record at home (19-14), it’s weak compared to other elite teams.  

Recent form is always a factor when predicting an individual game. Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games. However, the Nuggets are coming off two losses, whereas Philly is coming off a win. In that sense, the 76ers have the edge. 

Another thing to consider is how Harden has performed since the trade. He was traded on February 10th but didn’t suit up for the first time until the 25th. Harden has since played seven games with Philly. He got off to a hot start, putting up 26 points or more in his first four games. In those games, he also put up nine assists or more each time. However, he had recent games vs the Bulls and Nets where he put up 11 and 16 points, respectively. His dip in form doesn’t bode well for the 76ers if it becomes a trend. 

With all that in mind, we think the Nuggets will pull off the upset tonight and defeat Philly by the score of 111-101.

Where to Watch 

You can watch this game play out on ESPN tonight at 7:30 PM EST.

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