The NBA is set up with a smaller night of action throughout February 25. Six games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Washington Wizards and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will both look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Wizards have put up a record of 11-18 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Washington is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a five game winning streak. The Wizards will look to keep up their recent stretch of success with a big win on Thursday night.
Denver has started out this season with a record of 17-14, which has them in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Nuggets are coming off a win in their last game, but have lost three of their last five games. Denver will look to step up in this one as they look to move up in the standings. The Nuggets have not been hot this season, but will look to take over in this one.
These two teams have struggled a bit throughout the early part of this season. The Nuggets have been much better as they are in the playoff hunt. Washington has had a recent bit of success, which has helped them climb back into the playoff race. If either team can come out quickly in this one, they could grab a big win on Thursday night.
The Wizards and the Nuggets met up twice throughout last season. Denver hosted the first game on November 26. Jordan McRae finished with 21 points off the bench, but it was not enough for Washington. Jerami Grant dropped 20 points off the bench and Will Barton had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The Nuggets were able to grab a 117-104 win at home.
Washington hosted the second game of the season series on January 4. Jamal Murray finished with 39 points, while Nikola Jokic put up 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was not enough though. Ish Smith scored 32 points and 8 assists. Troy Brown added 25 points and 14 rebounds off the bench. The Wizards bench combined for 92 points as Washington earned a 128-114 win.
The first game of this season series shifted to Washington on February 17. Jamal Murray dropped 35 points and 9 rebounds, while Nikola Jokic finished with 33 points and 9 assists. It was not enough for the Nuggets though. Davis Bertans put up 35 points off the bench. Bradley Beal had 25 points and 10 assists to help lead the Wizards to a 130-128 win.
These two teams have met up three times over this season and last. The home team has won all three of those meetings and Denver will look to keep it going. The Nuggets have lost their last two games to Washington, but could bounce back in this one. Denver lost a really tight one only a week ago, so that loss will likely still be fresh in their mind.
Field Goal Shooting
The Wizards have struggled a bit shooting the ball throughout this season. Washington has made 45.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. The Wizards are shooting 34.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 28th in the league. Washington has made 75.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 22nd in the NBA.
Denver has been strong shooting from the field so far this season. The Nuggets have been able to drain around 48.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 6th in the league. Denver has made around 38.4 percent of their shots from deep, which is 5th in the NBA. The Nuggets have shot 78.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is 14th in the league.
The Nuggets have been much stronger shooting the ball throughout this season so far. Neither team has been great on defense this season, but Denver has a slight edge there as well. The Nuggets have held their opponents to a field goal percentage of 47.3 percent. Washington is holding opposing teams to a 47.6 percent shooting percentage. If either defense can step up in this one, it could give them the win in this one.
Bradley Beal has been the leader for this Washington team this season. Beal is averaging 32.5 points per game. Russell Westbrook has averaged 20 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Rui Hachimura is averaging 13.5 points per game, while Davis Bertans has averaged 11 points per game off the bench to round out this lineup.
Nikola Jokic has led the Nuggets throughout this season. Jokic has averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Jamal Murray is averaging 21 points per game this season. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per game. Will Barton is averaging 11.5 points per game, while Monte Morris has averaged 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their leaders so far this season. Bradley Beal has stepped up in a big way for the Wizards, while Westbrook has filled in as a great second option. Jokic and Murray have been a dynamic duo in Denver to help lead them to the winning record. The Nuggets depth is a bit better on depth, which they will look to use to their advantage in this one.
Denver has been the better team overall this season, but lost to the Wizards a couple of nights ago. The Nuggets will look to take over in this one as they try to use their depth to their advantage. Denver has been better shooting the ball this season and if their defense can slow down Washington, it should help lead them to the win on Thursday night.
BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -6 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a strong edge to Denver to grab the win. I agree with this line as the Nuggets have been the better team so far this season. I think that Denver will come out hot in this one, which should help them cover this spread. I like the value on the Nuggets in this one.