Nuggets vs. Wizards Preview: Washington Faces Western Giant
The Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards are prepared for their crucial matchup. The Wizards are two games behind the Chicago Bulls for the final spot.
Under the setting, the Wizards cannot afford to lose any games if they wish to proceed in the season. Contrarily, the Nuggets are comfortably entering the game, having secured their playoff spot.
The team appears to be on a late-season coast, winning 50% of their previous 10 games. However, their sheer bench strength makes them a viable contender to win the entire season. As for their basketball match against the Wizards, many NBA betting sites are picking the Nuggets to secure the win.
This preference looks surprising given Niko Jokic’s lackluster defense in recent games. However, the MVP candidate has produced a worthwhile offensive performance. The two-time MVP is currently averaging a triple-double right now.
The player boasts an average of 24.7 points a game with 63.4% shooting from the field. On the defensive end, the player stands out with an average of 9.9 assists and 11.9 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets have two more stars fighting to be the second-best all-around player on the team. The toss-up is between Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon, both of whom have been performing impeccably this season.
Gordon shines in defense with an average of 7 rebounds and 17 points per game. However, Murray has Gordon beat on offense with an average of 20.1 points per game. The player is not in peak form after missing an entire season. However, Murray boasts the capability to score 40 or more points in any game.
With the opposition looking this strong, the Wizards have a massive task ahead of them. All eyes will be on Kristaps Porzingis to go past Jokic and the Nuggets’ defense. If the player does so, the Wizards might have a chance to secure the final playoff spot.