Free NBA Pick: Nuggets vs Wizards Lines
Looking for Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Nuggets taking on the Wizards on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
8-13 (5-6 V) Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards 7-13 (5-6 H)
Date: Thursday December 8
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: Washington -6
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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Neither the Washington Wizards nor the Denver Nuggets look like playoff teams right now, but both have individual things going for them.
In Denver, Wilson Chandler has been a pleasant surprise and looks like a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. In the United States capital, John Wall remains one of the game’s premier point guards.
*Statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
On the season, the Nuggets have been extremely one-dimensional. They’re scoring at a solid rate, posting 106.2 points per contest — good enough for ninth in the NBA.
Defensively, however, there’s a problem. The team is giving up 109 points per game, which places them at 26th league-wide.
In terms of defensive rating, Denver is slightly higher in the rankings, but still a bottom-10 squad at 22nd.
Against Washington, the Nuggets will have to hone in on their weaknesses against John Wall specifically. The superstar point guard is having another great season, even if the Wizards are not.
This is a contest where Denver can’t simply hope to contain the opposing complementary players while letting Wall do his thing.
Double-teaming and trapping Washington’s best player will be crucial for the Nuggets to find success.
Wall is coming off a massive performance. Tuesday night against the Magic, the former Kentucky Wildcat put up a career-high 52 points and shot the ball very efficiently.
He even knocked down five of his eight three-pointers, which is surprising considering he’s never been known for the long ball.
The problem? Washington still lost.
The bigger problem? Washington lost to the lowly Orlando Magic.
Orlando has quietly been improving, but it’s not the type of team that should come away with the win against a team with a 52-point scorer.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Nuggets are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
The opening line for this contest was set at Washingon -4. It has since moved to Washington -6.
My question: Why?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Denver ATS
John Wall’s massive performance likely has something to do with it, and it makes sense that the Wizards would be favored against a Denver team that plays in Brooklyn the night before.
But is Washington really a team that should be favored by as many as six points at this part in the season (and against a Nuggets squad with plenty of offensive firepower)?
I say no. Give this one to the Wizards at home, but don’t be shocked if the margin is even closer than the original spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Washington 107 – Denver 105
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