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Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Betting Predictions & Preview

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The Washington Wizards look to continue their turnaround against a streaking Denver Nuggets team that will make the trip out to the Verizon Center for a clash on Monday night. [ad-4468020]

Denver Nuggets (12-8) at Washington Wizards (9-10)
Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Verizon Center
City: Washington, DC
O/U Odds: 199.5
Spread: Denver -2
Money Line: Denver -130, Washington +110

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A big reason for Washington’s turnaround after a sluggish start has been the improved play of their defense, but they were let down at that end of the floor in their last game, a 109-105 loss to Milwaukee.

The Wizards had some trouble scoring the basketball against the Bucks with starting shooting guard Bradley Beal on the sideline. The team shot just 39.8 percent from the field and just 29.6 percent from beyond the arc. A lot of their points came from the charity stripe where they hit 31 free throws. Many of them came from John Wall, who led the team with 30 points, adding 8 assists, three blocks, and two steals. With Beal down, Trevor Ariza stepped up in his place.

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Ariza scored 22 points on 50 percent shooting, knocking down five three-pointers and adding 12 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. The team also got 14 points from Marcin Gortat and 10 from Nene.
The team’s defense let them down in the game. Milwaukee was able to shoot 45.7 percent from the field in the game, and a lot of it came from forward Khris Middleton. Middleton played 47 minutes and scored 29 points. Forward John Henson also had a big night, racking up 19 points and 17 rebounds on the night.

Denver came away with a better result in their last game, a 103-92 win in Philadelphia.

It was Nate Robinson who paced the offense off the bench, scoring 20 points in 26 minutes. J.J. Hickson racked up the only double-double of the bunch, putting up 12 points and 10 boards. As a team, the Nuggets shot just 42.2 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from three in the game, but they got to the charity stripe a fair bit and knocked down 26 of their shots from there. The team leaned heavily on their bench in the game, with no one playing more than 29 minutes, and 11 players seeing at least 14 minutes of floor time.

Defensively, the Nuggets left a lot to be desired, allowing the 76ers to shoot 45.5 percent from the floor. Guard Tony Wroten was the player who game Denver the most trouble. Wroten scored 20 points on 10 of 20 shooting. Big man Spencer Hawes also hit on 6 of 11 shots for 14 points.

Both teams should get their points in what should be an entertaining affair, and taking the over in a Nuggets game is rarely a bad idea. They’ll be off until Friday after the game so expect them to leave everything they have on the court.

The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these teams.

The play: Over 199.5


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