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Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Preview and Predictions 12-10-2019


The Philadelphia 76ers look to improve to 13-0 at home when they entertain the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Philadelphia has won 10 of its last 12 overall games while the Nuggets are slumping with four setbacks in their past five outings.

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The 76ers recorded a 110-104 home victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday as forward Tobias Harris scored 26 points to stretch his double-digit scoring streak to 13 consecutive games. "I think I'm in a really good rhythm of just going out and embracing and feeding off my teammates and getting into a flow," Harris said afterward. "I pride myself on playing in the flow of the game. I've done a really good job of being able to do that and being able to have guys on the team look for me in different spots and get me going." Denver started the season with a 13-3 run but has suddenly run into hard times, which includes Sunday's 105-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Star center Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (14-7): Denver was crushed in the interior in the loss to Brooklyn as it was outscored 66-22 in the paint, a fact that highly displeased coach Michael Malone. "We had little presence at the rim," Malone said. "It was just easy layup after easy layup. That makes it really hard to win." Veteran power forward Paul Millsap had just nine points and four rebounds as the Nuggets were outrebounded 48-37 but Malone referred to Millsap as "the quiet unsung hero of our team" and "Mr. Consistency for us, and that's what you expect from a 14-year veteran."

ABOUT THE 76ERS (17-7): Rookie guard Matisse Thybulle established season bests of 20 points and five 3-pointers against Toronto and the first-round pick continues to impress his teammates. "He's been great the whole season and he's bringing it every night, especially defensively," center Joel Embiid told reporters. "Even though we have so many guys that can score the ball, him adding what he's been adding, especially his shooting, has been tremendous." Thybulle's previous high game was when he had 15 points 5-of-5 shooting against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 27, and he had three steals against the Raptors to raise his total 13 over the last seven contests.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Nuggets outscored the 76ers 35-13 in the fourth quarter on Nov. 8 to rally for a 100-97 win in Denver.

2. Philadelphia SG Josh Richardson (hamstring) could miss his seventh straight game.

3. Denver PG Jamal Murray went 3-of-6 from 3-point range against the Nets after being 2-of-15 over the previous five games.

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Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Capacity: 20,328

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Josh Richardson

    Hamstring
    Mid Feb | out

    Richardson is likely to miss two to three weeks due to a left hamstring strain.

  • Zhaire Smith

    Ankle
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Smith exited the last game due to a left ankle sprain, and it is uncertain if he will suit up for Tuesday's contest versus the Warriors.

  • Joel Embiid

    Hand
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Embiid has been sidelined recovering from surgery to repair a torn radial collateral ligament in his left hand. It is unclear if he will make his return Tuesday versus the Warriors.

  • Al Horford

    Hand
    Prob Mon | probable

    Horford has a left hand sprain, but he is expected to play Monday versus the Nets.

Denver Nuggets

  • Bol Bol

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | out

    Bol is recovering from left foot surgery, and it is undetermined when he will make his season debut.

  • Mason Plumlee

    Foot
    Late Feb | out

    Plumlee has a cuboid injury in his right foot and will likely require four to six weeks to heal.

  • Gary Harris

    Groin
    Prob Fri | probable

    Harris has missed the past five games with a right adductor strain, but it is likely that he will return to the court Friday against the Pelicans.

  • Michael Porter Jr.

    Back
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Porter Jr. sat out the previous game with back tightness, and it remains to be seen if he will play against the Pelicans on Friday.

  • Paul Millsap

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Millsap is out of commission with a left knee contusion, and the severity of the ailment is unknown.

  • Jamal Murray

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | out

    Murray is sidelined with a left ankle sprain, and he is expected to miss several games.

  • Mason Plumlee

    Ankle
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Plumlee left the last game with a right ankle sprain, and it remains to be seen if he will play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

  • Jamal Murray

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Murray has back pain, but he is expected to take the court versus the Hornets on Wednesday.