Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Denver Nuggets (51-24), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Washington Wizards (31-46), who on the other hand are struggling having won only once in their last 7 games.
Date/Time: 03-31-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -11
Denver Nuggets have a 51-24 record (39-36 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Warriors in the first place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Thunder with a 115-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 20.2 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.4 and in boards grabbed with 10.9 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.3 ppg, 4.2 boards and 4.8 dimes per game.
Washington Wizards have a 31-46 record (37-40 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. They have lost six of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Jazz with a 124-128 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 26.1 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and 5.5 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.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Nuggets won on the road with a 108-113 score. Nuggets have a 31-6 home record, while the Wizards are 9-30 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 114.4 ppg to Nuggets’ 111.1 ppg, while Nuggets are better defensively, allowing 106.9 ppg to Wizards’ 117.2. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47% to 46.7%), while Nuggets have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 34.4%). They are also better both in boards grabbed (46.6 to 42), in dimes made (27.5 to 26.4) and in turnovers committed (13 to 13.8). Nuggets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -11 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
Washington Wizards vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -11 (-109)
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