Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Denver Nuggets (14-7) at Philadelphia 76ers (17-7), 8:00 ET, TNT
In their first matchup, Nikola Jokic held Joel Embiid to two points on 0-7 FG, 2-2 FT in 6:35 of defensive matchup time. Conversely, Jokic scored nine points on 4-6 shooting in 4:38 of matchup time against Embiid. Denver rallied from a 21-point deficit and outscored Philadelphia 35-13 in the fourth quarter to earn a 100-97 win.
Denver’s lineup of Paul Millsap, Will Barton, Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray has played a league-high 406 minutes together this season and have a net rating of 11.6. Denver’s five-man group has played 118 more minutes than any other lineup in the league.
Denver ranks second in the league in defensive efficiency (102.3 DefRtg) while Philadelphia ranks fourth at 103.0. While Denver’s biggest strength has been forcing missed shots (third-best opponent eFG%), Philadelphia has been succeeding at preventing opponent second chances (first in DREB%).
Joel Embiid leads the NBA in post-up scoring with 8.4 points per game. Among the 22 players with at least 50 post-up plays this season, Embiid ranks third in efficiency as he scores 1.05 points per post up.
Nikola Jokic ranks fifth in the NBA in points (45) and assists (11) in clutch situations (score within five points in final five minutes). He is shooting 17-31 (54.8%) from the field in 57 minutes of clutch time.