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The Denver Nuggets weren’t able to contain the versatile Sixers offense in their first meeting. Now with even more firepower, the Denver defense doesn’t look like it’ll be able to keep up with Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 76ers def. Denver Nuggets
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|Michael Malone||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|40-28 (6th in West)||Standing||41-25 (3rd in East)|
|113.2 (7th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.1 (15th of 30)|
|110.6 (13th of 30)||Def Rtg||110.1 (10th of 30)|
|97.7 (19th of 30)||Pace||96.1 (28th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|N. Jokic (26.1)||PPG||J. Embiid (29.7)|
|N. Jokic (13.8)||RPG||J. Embiid (11.2)|
|N. Jokic (8.1)||APG||J. Harden (11.2)|
|N. Jokic (1.3)||SPG||M. Thybulle (1.7)|
|N. Jokic (0.8)||BPG||J. Embiid (1.4)|
|N. Jokic (.573)/N. Jokic (9.9)||FG%/FGM||D. Jordan (.571)/J. Embiid (9.3)|
|Z. Nnaji (.587)/W. Barton (2.2)||3P%/3PM||J. Harden (.444)/J. Harden (2.7)|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2022||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Vlatko Cancar||Denver Nuggets||7 Jan 2022||Out (Foot)||Cancar had surgery on his foot and will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||27 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||Porter Jr. has been cleared for on-court contact and is looking to return in March.|
|Aaron Gordon||Denver Nuggets||13 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Foot)||Gordon was OUT for Denver’s Saturday (Mar 12) game.|
|Zeke Nnaji||Denver Nuggets||13 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||Nnaji was OUT for Denver’s Saturday (Mar 12) game.|
|Danny Green||Philadelphia 76ers||12 Mar 2022||Out (Finger)||Green was OUT for Philadelphia’s Sunday (Mar 13) game.|
The Denver Nuggets want to get back on the winning trend after losing their last game in a disappointing fashion. If they want to defeat the Sixers, Denver must do better to take care of the ball.
In their last game, a loss to the Raptors, the Denver Nuggets turned the ball over a whopping 19 times! Despite having the lead entering the fourth quarter, Denver were unable to execute and committed 6 turnovers, which led to their loss.
The Nuggets aren’t excellent in the ball security department, ranking 22nd in the league with 14.4 turnovers per game, so they’ll need to improve on their already low standards. Considering the Sixers don’t employ a high-pressure defense, Denver should be able to get into their offensive sets.
The spin moves ?? pic.twitter.com/fkMurTwh7C
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 10, 2022
The Denver Nuggets’ success centers on the production of Nikola Jokic. He put in a great performance for the Nuggets in his last game, despite the loss, but failed to produce when it mattered most.
In the Nuggets’ last game, a loss to the Toronto Raptors, Jokic posted 26 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks. Unfortunately for Denver, when they needed Jokic most in the fourth quarter he failed to produce.
Against one of the league’s other top talents at the center position, Jokic can’t afford to fade as the game goes on. If Jokic can maintain his production through four quarters, the Nuggets have a great chance at victory.
The Philadelphia 76ers disappointed in their last game against the Brooklyn Nets. They face an equally desperate Denver Nuggets team, who have all the means to match them on the offensive side of the ball.
Despite beating them in their last meeting, the Nuggets are a tough matchup for the Sixers. Denver are excellent in the paint, ranking 3rd in field goal percentage (47.6%) and 2nd in two-point field goal percentage (56.8%), mostly due to their ability to efficiently move the ball.
The Sixers must keep up with the Nuggets ball movement to take a victory. One of the best teams in the league in terms of three-point defence, the Sixers will need to show their paint protectors are also up to the task.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 11, 2022
James Harden has a reputation for not showing up in games the games that matter most. In his last game, loss to his former team the Brooklyn Nets, Harden was almost invisible on the court. He’ll certainly need to be more productive against the Denver Nuggets.
In Harden’s loss to his former team, he posted just 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 28 minutes of play. Not only was he inefficient from the field, shooting just 3 of 17 on the night, he committed 4 turnovers and was a team-low minus-30.
Harden needs to make an impact on the offensive end for the Sixers to be successful. Without his offensive threat, the Sixers become incredibly easy to defend in the halfcourt.
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|Denver Nuggets vs Philadelphia 76ers Information|
|Who||Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers|
|Where||Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|When||7:30 PM EST, March 14th, 2022|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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