This NBA week starts with a bang as we’ve got a battle of the centers when Jokic and Embiid face off tonight. The two MVPs from the previous seasons will clash in Philadelphia, where Embiid dominated Jokic last year. Both teams currently have similar records, with the Sixers currently at 25-13, and Denver at 28-13 having played three more games so far. The clash between the two MVP frontrunners – once again – will be an amazing watch.

Denver are starting a five game road trip in the East tonight. The Champions will face Philly, Boston, Washington, Indiana and the Knicks in the next nine days – interestingly enough none back-to-back. This is the stretch of games that will show us the true level of the Nuggets, who will then return home to play the Sixers and Bucks in quick succession as well. Before this two game winning streak, the Sixers had lost 4 of their previous 6 games – all without Joel Embiid – who returned in their last win against Houston, dropping 41 points. In last year’s encounter between Denver and the Sixers in Philly, the hosts win a with Embiid scoring a whopping 47.

Philadelphia are 5 games behind Boston, while both Denver and OKC are just a game behind the Timberwolves in first. Offensively, Denver are 13th in the league, but are 4th defensively – conceding 111 a game. The 76ers, on the other hand, are 6th in points-per-game and 8th in defence, although with an almost identical average to Denver’s. Philadelphia are rightly favorites in this one, considering their last match against Denver at home. In addition, we suggest playing Embiid to score 32+ (1.60), or Jokic to score under 25.5 (1.95). A risky, but not improbable play is Aaron Gordon – who has been Denver’s second-best player arguably – to have a double-double tonight – 5.88.

Who will prevail in this battle of the centers and take a step towards reaching first place in their respective conferences? Tune in tonight to find out and play here:

Denver Nuggets to Win – 2.40

Philadelphia 76ers to Win – 1.60