Just earlier this month, the Nuggets made their second stop of a six game road trip in Philadelphia and beat the 76ers 106-98. That night, Gallo led Denver to its victory with 24 points. In that game, the Nuggets did not have Nikola Jokic (wrist) or Gary Harris (foot). The 76ers were without Jahlil Okafor (illness), Robert Covington (knee), or Jerryd Bayless (wrist).
Tonight the Nuggets, now 14-18 on the season, will be facing the 76ers (7-24, 2-10 on the road) on their home court. The 76ers are coming to the Mile High City winning 3 of their last 10 games, while the Nuggets have won 6 of their last 10. The Nuggets are averaging 107.4 points per game, while the 76ers are averaging just 98.7 ppg. The Nuggets have the advantage when it comes to FG% and rebounds per game. 76ers have the advantage with blocks and steals per game. Both teams are averaging 22.6 assists per game.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing Jusuf Nurkic with more minutes, especially after the solid minutes that he put in on Wednesday night against the T-Wolves. The Bosnian Beast was less than thrilled about the playtime (or lack thereof) that he has recently been getting and voiced that at yesterday’s practice.
“It’s tough. I’m 22 years old. I’m not here to sit on the bench, I’m here to play basketball…Tough decision for me from starting, to three minutes, to seven, four straight not play. I don’t accept that. Nobody probably understands my position so even if you don’t know if your’e starting the next game or not. But like I said, you can control what you can control and I let my agent do the rest of the stuff,” the Bosnian Beast said.
Let’s hope we see more of Nurk tomorrow night on the floor than we have in recent games because he was on FIRE on Wednesday nights game! We’re foreseeing a big bump in Nurk’s minutes because of the size of Philly’s team. We’ll particularly need Nurk when it comes to stopping Joel Embiid. Embiid sat out last night’s game against the Jazz in order to rest for tonight’s matchup against the Nuggets.
Keys to a Nuggets Victory:
- DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
- Nuggets need to play a STRONG defense
- Smart defense
- Strong offense
- Attack the paint
- Shoot smart when shooting perimeter shots
- Don’t Underestimate the 76ers
- Don’t play at their level.
- Statistically, we’re the better team in this matchup.
- Out-rebound the 76ers on both ends of the court
- Take advantage of the 76ers exhaustion in a back-to-back on the road
Nuggets: No known injuries
76ers: Gerald Henderson (hip)—O
Richaun Holmes (concussion) — Q
Sergio Rodriguez (ankle) —O
What are your thoughts on tonight’s game? What do you think that the Nuggets need to do to win?
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