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Preview: 76ers vs Nuggets - A tale of two strategies

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Danilo Gallinari's comeback campaign returns home for a date against the 76ers of Philadelphia

Danilo Gallinari drives past a 76er
Danilo Gallinari drives past a 76er
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Game 72: 2014-15 NBA Season

Philadelphia 76ers (2015 - Pres)

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17-54 (5-30 on road)
Series 1-0 76ers
27-44 (16-19 at home)
March 25th, 2015
Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
7:00 PM MT
Altitude / 104.3 FM

Ish Smith PG Ty Lawson
JaKarr Sampson SG Randy Foye
Robert Covington SF Danilo Gallinari
Luc Mbah a Moute PF Wilson Chandler
Nerlens Noel C Kenneth Faried
Notes
Liberty Ballers Blogs Denver Stiffs

Jerami Grant - Probable (Ankle Sprain)

Jason Richardson - Questionable (Rest)

Joel Embiid - Out (Foot)

Tony Wroten - Out (Knee)

Injuries

None

Minnesota has a 1/2 game lead (?) over Philly for the #2 position in the NBA Draft Lottery Etc... Denver has won its last 4 home games

Pepsi Center will host a battle between two teams with no playoff chances, but each has a different front office philosophy regarding how their respective seasons should close to ensure future success.  Philly fields starting lineups with more unknowns than an algebra text book.

Their the only starting lineup uglier (figuratively) than the Los Angeles Lakers.  Their front office is looking to fail forward by securing the best draft position possible to turn their fortunes around.  The depressing thing is that they have implemented this strategy for two full seasons and next season appears set for a third straight tank-job.

Denver had a 76er-esque 2-19 stretch under the tutelage of Brian Shaw earlier this season, but the 27th ranked NBA front office decided to change direction.  Interim head coach Melvin Hunt has rejuvenated the locker room and the home town crowd with a fun, run-and-gun style that has our favorite Nugget players looking like their old selves.  It has decreased the team's odds at securing the top draft pick, but this last quarter of the season has done more to brighten the future through positive play than bringing a young player high on potential into a volatile environment could ever do.

Watch tonight because it should be a fun Denver victory and you never know... Gallo could top himself and drop 50.