Denver really can't seem to catch a break. Just one minute into their loss to Golden State they lost Will Barton to a hamstring injury. In a matter of days, the Nuggets’ backcourt has been absolutely ravaged by injury.
Barton joins Jamal Murray and Monte Morris on the sideline with injury. As we know, Murray is done for the year, and while we could say both Morris and Barton could return at some point, we are drawing closer to the end of the regular season. Will they be back in time?
The compact nature of this schedule has been brutal on the athletes of the NBA, but some teams have been unluckier than other. A contender has almost been reduced to ashes in Denver, and that just stinks.
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*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back
The Main Event
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks (-7.5, 229.5)
Ben Simmons will remain on the sideline and Joel Embiid is questionable to play, but given the weight of this contest I would expect to see Embiid on the floor. Regardless, the 76ers will need to put forth a better defensive effort than the one they had on Thursday. In their 124-117 win, Milwaukee torched Philadelphia for 1.24 point per possession thanks to a 20-of-40 shooting night from beyond the arc. Simmons’ absence hurts the 76ers’ ability to defend at a high level though, as Philadelphia allows 2.8 more points every 100 possessions when he is off the floor. If Embiid can't play, then bettors will see a 76ers team that is skilled defensively (106.2 defensive rating), but really limited on offense (107.9).