The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak both straight up and against the NBA odds when they play host to the Denver Nuggets in marquee Friday action.
The Sixers closed out a 2-2 western road swing with a 115-108 loss to the Sacramento Kings as 3-point betting favorites last Saturday, and then returned home to fall 119-107 to the Toronto Raptors as 2.5-point betting favorites on Tuesday night. That was despite a 37-point effort from Joel Embiid, who also picked up 13 rebounds for the Sixers in the losing cause.
Ben Simmons added 20 points for
Philadelphia in that game against the Raptors, while Jimmy Butler had 18 points
on the day. The Sixers then made news on Wednesday by trading for forward
Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers for a package of players and draft
And the Sixers will be looking
for Harris to give them a spark down the stretch as they look to better their
position in the Eastern Conference standings. Philadelphia currently finds
itself grouped with the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers in a fight for the
No. 3-5 seeds in the Eastern standings, and trailing the Milwaukee Bucks and
Raptors for the top two positions.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, are still hanging around in the race for the top overall record in the Western Conference, although their current two-game losing streak (SU and on the NBA betting lines) has allowed the Golden State Warriors to get an edge on them in the standings.
Denver had won six games in a row before falling back to back on the road against the Detroit Pistons and the Brooklyn Nets, losing 129-103 as a 2-point betting favorite against the Pistons on Monday and 135-130 as a 3.5-point betting favorite against the Nets on Wednesday. Those matchups were both OVER results for totals bettors on the NBA odds.
The Nuggets and Sixers have
already met once this season, with Denver coming away with a 126-110 win over
Philadelphia while covering a 10.5-point spread at home on January 26.
Pelicans Riding ATS Streak on
The second half of ESPN's Friday
NBA doubleheader then sees the New Orleans Pelicans playing host to the
Minnesota Timberwolves, with the Pelicans making most of their news off the
court this past week as they reportedly fielded trade offers for star player
Davis has recovered from the hand injury that had been keeping him off the floor, but he still sat out the Pelicans' most recent game against the Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday night as trade rumors buzzed around him. New Orleans pulled out a 125-120 win as a 1.5-point road favorite on the basketball betting lines in that game, which snapped a three-game losing skid.
The Pelicans have won just three
times in their past 11 outings, although they ride a five-game ATS winning
streak into Friday night's game to sit at 27-27-1 ATS so far on the season.
New Orleans and Minnesota have met three times already this season, with the Timberwolves winning 107-100 as a 1.5-point home underdog in November and 110-106 as a 2-point home underdog in January, and the Pelicans winning 123-114 as a 5.5-point home favorite in December. Overall the Pelicans are 4-6 both SU and ATS in their 10 most recent meetings. Both New Orleans and Minnesota are sitting outside the Western Conference playoff picture
*Odds as of February 7, 2019