Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Washington Wizards (30-42), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (47-22), who on the other hand want to extend a winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 03-21-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards +7
Washington Wizards have a 30-42 record (34-38 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Bulls with a 120-126 score in overtime, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 26 ppg, adding 5.2 boards and 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by John Wall with 20.7 ppg and a team high 8.7 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Denver Nuggets have a 47-22 record (37-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Celtics with a 114-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 20.3 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.5 and in boards grabbed with 10.7 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.2 ppg, 4.2 boards and 4.8 dimes per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once on the road (Nuggets by 8 points and Wizards by 5). Wizards have a 21-14 home record, while the Nuggets are 17-16 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 114.4 ppg to Nuggets’ 112 ppg, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 107 ppg to Wizards’ 117. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47% to 46.9%), while Nuggets have a better 3-point percentage (35.6% to 34.6%). They are also better both in boards grabbed (46.7 to 41.9), in dimes made (27.8 to 26.5) and in turnovers committed (13.1 to 13.9). Nuggets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Wizards team.
Denver Nuggets vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Denver Nuggets -7 (-104)
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