Game Night: Nuggets vs Sixers

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center

9-5 (3rd in Northwest, 5th in West)


10-3 (1st in Atlantic, 2nd in East)

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As the Sixers look to stay unbeaten on their home floor and win their fourth straight, they face another tough test from the hotly-contested Western Conference. The Nuggets are on a four-game road trip that started with last night's 10-point win in Milwaukee. The Sixers (10-3) are 6-0 at home and 9-1 in their last 10 games, enjoying a January schedule that has them playing 14 of 17 games in Philly, where each of their wins has come by double digits and an average margin of 23 points. The Sixers have enjoyed a welcome day off since their own 12-point victory over the Bucks on Monday, which saw the them control the game virtually from start to finish.

The Sixers swept Denver last season but played both games prior to their mid-season roster shake-up that saw Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups packaged in a multi-team trade that brought them New York’s Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov and Raymond Felton along with draft picks and cash. After the trade, the Nuggets went 18-7 down the stretch before a first round exit in the playoffs at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Now, the Nuggets are led by Gallinari and third-year point guard Ty Lawson, who was drafted 18 overall right after Jrue Holiday in the 2009 NBA Draft. In three head-to-head career meetings between the two point guards, Lawson has better averages in both points (16.3 to 9.7) and assists (4.7 to 4.3), Holiday and the Sixers have been the victors in each game.

The Nuggets are a versatile team and have been compared to the Sixers with regard to their rosters’ depth. Last night's win saw six score in double figures, led by Corey Brewer off the bench with 22 points. Former Sixer Andre Miller is once again in a Nuggets uniform after a stay in Portland, while Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer are other notable additions to a squad no longer with Kenyon Martin or JR Smith. They boast five players averaging double digit scoring and 11 players playing at least 10 minutes a night. While Denver is second only to Miami in scoring, they rank 24 in points allowed and 26 in opponent field goal percentage. With the speedy Lawson running the show, expect a fast game with both teams looking to score early and push the tempo.

Season Leaders

Lou Williams
16.2 PTS


Danilo Gallinari
16.8 PTS

Spencer Hawes


8.3 REB

Jrue Holiday
4.4 AST


Ty Lawson
6.7 AST

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