76ers (15-19) at Denver Nuggets (19-16)

Saturday at 9 p.m., at the Pepsi Center

Talking points

The Nuggets have one of the league's best home records. They are 12-3 at the Pepsi Center, but just 7-13 on the road. Second-year player Jamal Murray is establishing himself as a solid point guard, averaging 18.8 points in the last five games. The Sixers will be without Joel Embiid, who's resting in the first game of a back-to-back situation. Embiid is expected to play against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The Sixers are 1-7 in games he's missed this season.

How to watch and follow the game

Starting lineups

Sixers (15-19)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  14.3 ppg. 5.9 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  13.0 ppg. 7.0 rpg.

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10 4.8 ppg. 4.8 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.9 ppg. 3.4 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.8 ppg. 7.6 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 90-272)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc fracture, out); Joel Embiid (rest, out); Justin Anderson (shin splints left leg, doubtful); Robert Covington (left middle figure injury, questionable).

Nuggets  (19-16)

21 Wilson Chandler SF 6-9 10.1 ppg 5.4 apg.

15 Nikola Jokic PF 6-11 16.2  ppg. 10.1 rpg.

24 Mason Plumlee C 6-11 6.9  ppg. 5.7 rpg.

14 Gary Harris SG 6-4 16.0 ppg. 3.3 apg.

27 Jamal Murray G 6-4 15.3 ppg. 3.4 apg.

Coach: Mike Malone (Fifth season, 131-174)

Injury report: Malik Beasley (right elbow soreness, questionable); Juancho Hernangomez (illness, questionable); Paul Millsap (left wrist ligament injury, out).

Head to head

The Sixers have a 47-37 series advantage.

Coming games

Sunday:  8 p.m., at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Sixers at Phoenix Suns

Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, San Antonio Spurs at Sixers

Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Detroit Pistons at Sixers

Jan. 11: 3 p.m., at The 02 Arena, Boston Celtics at Sixers

Jan. 15: 1 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Toronto Raptors at Sixers