Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets Preview and Predictions 11-08-2019

The Denver Nuggets were called out by their coach after back-to-back losses last week and responded with much stronger efforts on the defensive end, holding their last two opponents under 90 points in back-to-back wins. The Nuggets will try to make it three in a row when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

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Denver coach Michael Malone called his team's effort "embarrassing" after a 122-107 setback at New Orleans last week and was singing a different tune after a 109-89 home win over Miami on Wednesday. "I thought our defense tonight was fantastic," Malone told reporters. "I gave our guys the morning off in hopes that we would have great energy tonight and I think, for the most part, we did. I saw signs of life, in terms of getting back to Denver Nuggets basketball -- 35 assists, more energy, more passing and cutting, and obviously, the defense against a team that's playing red hot overall, was fantastic." The 76ers began the season with five straight wins but dropped the last two contests to fall to 1-2 on their four-game road trip. Philadelphia got All-Star center Joel Embiid back from a two-game suspension in time for Wednesday's 106-104 loss at Utah but lost All-Star point guard Ben Simmons to a shoulder sprain.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBCS Philadelphia, Altitude (Denver)

ABOUT THE 76ERS (5-2): Simmons suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder in the first half of Wednesday's loss and is scheduled to be evaluated on Thursday in Denver. Philadelphia missed Simmons' production on the offensive end in the last two games as he was held to six points on 2-of-8 shooting in Monday's 114-109 setback at Phoenix and managed two points before exiting Wednesday's contest. Embiid collected 27 points and 16 rebounds in his return but was 5-of-16 from the floor, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (5-2): Denver got small forward Will Barton (toe) back from a two-game absence on Tuesday and he delivered 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, 10 rebounds and four assists while holding All-Star Jimmy Butler to 3-of-12 from the floor on the other end. "I think Will, when he's locked in and focused like he's playing right now, he gives you a lot of positives on both ends of the floor," Malone told reporters. Barton helped make up for an off night on Tuesday from star center Nikola Jokic, who managed nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in 23 minutes while battling foul trouble.


1. Nuggets SG Gary Harris (ankle) left Tuesday's game and is day-to-day.

2. 76ers SG Josh Richardson scored a season-high 24 points on Wednesday.

3. Jokic recorded 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in a 126-110 home win over Philadelphia last season.


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Last Injuries

Denver Nuggets

  • Malik Beasley

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Beasley left the last game with an illness, and it is uncertain if the symptoms will subside in time for Tuesday's contest against the Hawks.

  • Gary Harris

    Prob Fri | probable

    Harris departed the last game with a left ankle sprain, but he is expected to draw back into the lineup against the 76ers on Friday.

  • Paul Millsap

    Prob Fri | probable

    Millsap left the previous game due to a forehead laceration, but it is anticipated that he will play Friday against the 76ers.

  • Will Barton

    Prob Tues | probable

    Barton has sat out the last two games with inflammation in his left toe, but he is projected to face the Heat on Tuesday.

  • Vlatko Cancar

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Cancar has sat out the previous four games with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will play Thursday against the Pelicans.

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Ben Simmons

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Simmons has sat out the past two games with a minor AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. It is uncertain if he will return to action Tuesday against the Cavaliers.

  • Al Horford

    Out Tues | out

    Horford will not play Tuesday against the Cavaliers due to a day of rest.

  • Shake Milton

    Late Nov | out

    Milton sustained a mild sprain and a contusion to his left knee, and he is likely to be out of the lineup until at least the end of November.

  • Joel Embiid

    Elig Wed | out

    Embiid has served a two-game suspension for his role in an altercation, and he is likely to be reinstated in time for Wednesday's matchup against the Jazz.

  • Josh Richardson

    Prob Sat | probable

    Richardson is tending to soreness in his left big toe but is expected to play against the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

  • Trey Burke

    Prob Sat | probable

    Burke missed the last game due to gastroenteritis, but it is likely that the symptoms will subside in time for Saturday's contest against the Trail Blazers.