76ERS V TIMBERWOLVES

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons made numbers that did not generated by any guard in the league for almost three decades in the 76ers’ 108-105 victory over the New York Knicks last Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Simmons made a triple-double with 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists that night to complement the 26 points from Joel Embiid. Their scores topped the 30 points that the Knicks’ Kevin Knox made in that game.

Philadelphia’s win over New York was a filler to the 76ers’ 123-121 loss to Atlanta last Saturday at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers’ Jimmy Butler made 30 points in that game, but the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter made 29 points with John Collins hitting a fade-away jumper at 25 seconds left.

The 76ers also win against Washington last Wednesday Wells Fargo, where rookie Landry Shamet was hot with 29 points made after shooting eight 3-pointers. Embiid added 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Philadelphia to a 132-115 win over the Wizards and beating the 28 points from Bradley Beal.

The Wizards retaliated last Wednesday with a 123-106 win over Philadelphia. Embiid made 35 points that night to beat the 34 from Beal but the 14 straight points in the fourth quarter from Beal led to Washington’s domination.

The 76ers will be looking for a second straight victory on Wednesday as they will be hosting the Timberwolves at Wells Fargo.

Minnesota have been hot lately, beating Oklahoma City last Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Andrew Wiggins made a career-high 40 points and 10 rebounds in that game to dominate over the 27 points from Paul George himself.

The Wolves’ premier point guard Derrick Rose is expected to miss the match with Philadelphia on Wednesday and it would be one huge blow for Minnesota and they will be facing the likes of Embiid, Simmons, and Wiggins that recently showed notable strength.

Surprisingly though the 76ers are given a line of +6.5 to Over/Under 218.5.

HAWKS V THUNDER

Atlanta will be ambitious on Wednesday, hoping to stun Oklahoma City at State Farm Arena as low spirits and giving up to intimidation would serve no purpose for the Hawks.

The appearances of Atlanta’s Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins in that big Wednesday match are doubtful and this meant that Trae Young will be left to lead the Hawks through Thunder’s biggest names such as Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

The Hawks are in a bad shape lately with three losses out of their last five games and their upcoming match will be bad news for them as it would mean another defeat will be added on their form.

Atlanta’s most recent loss was a 114-133 fall to the Milwaukee Bucks last Monday at State Farm where they faced Giannis Antetokounmpo who scored 33 points, to which Eric Bledsoe added 24 points and 10 assists. It was one spoiler to the return of Mike Budenholzer to the Hawks.

It was the Hawks’ second loss to the Bucks this month as they also fell 112-144 earlier this month. The match was Budenholzer’s first game against the team that he coached for five seasons.

Atlanta also lost to Toronto last Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena, where Collins made 21 points but not enough to beat the 31 points from Kawhi Leonard who lead the match to a 104-101 Raptors win.

Atlanta’s form meant nothing but the picture that they are not in the shape to stun the biggest teams in the league, not mentioning the doubtful status of a Wednesday play from Collins and Dedmon.

The Atlanta Hawks are thus given a line of +9 to Over/Under 233.

NUGGETS V WARRIORS

Denver’s position at the top of the Western Conference seemed permanent but the Nuggets will be facing the Golden State this Wednesday. Everyone knows it will be one hell of a game as the Warriors are the closest threat to Denver’s topmost place in the West.

The Nuggets’ recent wins over their fellow top teams in the West seemed to give the impression that they could pull off an excellent performance in their game at Pepsi Center.

Denver won 116-113 last Monday at Pepsi Center, where Nikola Jokic made a season-high 40 points to dominate over Damian Lillard’s 26. Jamal Murray added 24 points to secure the Nuggets’ victory.

However, Denver also showed recent decline in the past few days of the month after losses to Phoenix and Houston.

Last Sunday, the Nuggets lost 93-102 to the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena, where Jokic only made 23 points, being stunned by the 26 points from Phoenix’s Kelly Oubre Jr. The defeat was so bad considering that the Suns have the worst record in the West.

Denver also lost to the Rockets earlier this month. James Harden made 32 points to beat Jokic’s 24 and leading Houston to a 125-113 victory over the Nuggets.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have a pretty good form so far and they will be flexing their four-game winning streak to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

In their last seven matches, the Warriors only have one loss and that is a 135-134 fall to the Rockets when James Harden was brazen with 44 points generated for Houston.

The Nuggets have a record of 29 wins and 13 losses in the season, while the Warriors have 29 wins and 14 losses. This would mean that one snap of victory for the Golden State would significantly change the landscape of the West.

Furthermore, Denver are only given a line of -1.5 to Over/Under 228.

Would the Nuggets preserve their claim to the topmost spot in the conference? Or will the Warriors end up at the top again as they did last season?

By @FitsEly

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