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Basketball Betting - 76ers at Nuggets

Basketball betting handicappers have been highly impressed with the Philadelphia 76ers ability to cover the spread and be a top NBA betting value.
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Basketball betting value has been virtually nonexistent for the Denver Nuggets as despite a winning record they are among the worst NBA betting values on the board.

The Denver Nuggets will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday with a starting time of 8 PM ET.  Sign up at Sports-Gambling for action on the side and total on this interconference matchup.

The Denver Nuggets were in the thick of the Western Conference and Northwest Division race with a record of 16-10 straight up but just 8-16-2 with the NBA odds.  Denver was break even on over unders overall although they trended strongly over at home with a mark of 9-4-1.  Denver gushed red ink at home with just 4 payouts in their first 14 games.

Fans are tiring of the Carmelo Anthony saga as it was made obviously clear by the franchise player that he wants out of Denver ASAP and will certainly bolt the Mile High City after the season when he becomes a free agent.  Anthony was certainly productive with 24 points per game as Denver was the 3rd highest scoring team in the NBA with 107.3 points per game.

Defense was the weakness of the Nuggets as they ranked 25th for points allowed with 105.1 points per game against.  Guard Chauncey Billups has been bothered with a wrist injury and forward Kenyon Martin is out indefinitely with a knee injury which has put more of a burden on “Melo.”  Denver paid out in just 2 of 9 games from December 3 through December 18.  Billups led the Nuggets before his injury.

Philadelphia had a record of 11-16 straight up but was 18-8-1 with the NBA lines.  The 76ers were 8-4-1 against the spread on the road while going under the total 9 times.  Philadelphia was showing marked improvement at the start of December with a basketball betting record of 7-3 straight up and 9-1 against the spread from November 30 through December 18.

The 76ers were proving to be a strong defensive team that ranked 9th for points against and that is what has been making money for their backers.  Elton Brand was the leading scorer for Philadelphia with a rather modest 15.3 points per game while also leading in rebounds with 8.3 per outing.