Friday 8th February 2019

Event of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers versus Denver Nuggets

Our event of the day is the NBA fixture between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Both teams come into the match on losing streaks that have put dents in their dominant seasons. However, the two talented rosters will pull out all the stops to snap their respective slumps. It’s all to play for so be sure you don’t miss tonight’s action. Tonight’s game features two playoff-hungry teams who have hit rough waters as of late. Both the 76ers and the Nuggets come into this match on two-game losing streaks. The 76ers lost a tight game to the Sacramento Kings despite strong performances from Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid before being outclassed by the Toronto Raptors in a game where Embiid was unable to carry the team on his 37-point performance. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have lost games to the Detroit Pistons and the Brooklyn Nets in matches where they started strong, lost their lead and then never recovered. The two teams met recently at the end of January. In a high-scoring shootout, the 76ers were unable to contain Nikola Jokić, who recorded 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes, the first player in league history to do so - on his way to his seventh triple-double of the season.

Tonight’s rematch between the two sides may feature the debuts of the 76ers’ recent trade acquisitions. The 76ers picked up Malachi Richardson from Toronto, as well as a 2022 draft pick, in exchange for cash considerations. They also traded three players and four future draft picks to the LA Clippers for Tobias Harris and two other players. The trades, especially the one acquiring Harris, indicate that the 76ers are aiming to win sooner rather than later. As we enter the final months of the NBA regular season, both teams will be looking to secure as high a playoff seeding as possible. The 76ers are currently 5th in the East, competing with the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers for the 3rd, 4th and 5th seeds. Ideally they would finish third to secure a first round match with a team like the Nets, as opposed to what would be a draining series against the Pacers or Celtics. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are second in the West and pose a genuine threat to the Golden State Warriors. They could feasibly win the West, and even second place would set them up for a playoff run with a first round postseason match-up with one of the weaker Western teams. With both teams looking to break out of their recent slumps, we are definitely in for an exciting match tonight.

Honourable mentions around the globe go the Big Bash League, where the Brisbane Heat host the Melbourne Stars at The Gabba. It’s the last game of the regular season for either side and it’s all to play for. A win for Brisbane could put them into the playoffs if the Sydney Thunder also lose. The game will also be the last for Brendon McCullum, who has played for the Heat since 2011 and announced his retirement earlier in the season. Meanwhile, a  win for the Stars would secure them as the 4th seed in the playoffs. It would be the first playoff performance for either team since the 2016-17 season so expect a fiercely-contested game of cricket today. Elsewhere, on the European tour, the Vic Open continues at the 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia. The Worcester Warriors and Saracens face off in the semi-finals of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Sixways Stadium. The Sofia Open continues at Armeec Arena.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!


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