The Tip-Off: Philadelphia 76ers Plan to Avenge painful Loss Against Denver Nuggets

Back on November 8th, the Sixers wrapped up their road trip woes against the Denver Nuggets. After leading by as many as 21 points in that game. However, Nikola Jokic led the charge to a Nuggets walk-off win. The Sixers played that game without Ben Simmons, and are expected to not have Josh Richardson for the final time these two teams meet Tuesday night.

Due to being flexed to a prime time game, coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia and TNT. Radio coverage will be on 97.5 The Fanatic.

The Sixers are 3.5 point favorites with an over/under set at 206.

Tale of the Tape

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 17-7, 12-0 at home
  • 110.2 points per game, 104.0 points allowed per game
  • Leading Scorer: Joel Embiid (21.9 ppg)
  • 8-2 in last 10 games

Denver Nuggets

  • 14-7, 6-4 on the road
  • 106.5 points per game, 101.9 points allowed per game
  • Leading Scorer: Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg)
  • 6-4 in last 10 games

Seeking Revenge

Back on November 8th, the Sixers led by as many as 21 points and carried dominance into the fourth quarter. Denver’s Nikola Jokic sunk an off-balance, fadeaway jumper to give the Nuggets a lead with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Despite the loss, the Sixers have come a far way since then. They have learned from their mistakes, and have rattled off a 12-4 record since this loss, while the Nuggets are 8-5 in that span.

Josh Richardson

Starting shooting guard Josh Richardson has missed six straight games for the Sixers with a hamstring injury. Before Sunday’s game against the Raptors, J-Rich participated in a full-court workout in Camden with Philadelphia’s development staff. Then Sixers say he has progressed well and looked good in front of the medical staff.

Richardson is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets, but not much stock should be taken in him playing.

Prediction

The Sixers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. The crazy thing is that their starters have only played a combined 102 minutes together. Their “next-man-up” mantra has really hit home, and their chemistry is building night in and night out. Expect this one to be much closer throughout the entire game than the last, but the Sixers will avenge themselves.

Sixers win, 104-99.

Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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