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2021 NBA Handicapping
(11-18) Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets (17-14)
Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver Colorado
NBA Moneyline Odds: Wizards+245 | Nuggets -265
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -7
NBA Betting Total: 237
Thursday, February 25th, the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets play for the second and final time this season. In the initial meeting on February 17th, the Wizards won an offensive showcase 130-128.
Last season, the squads played twice splitting the contests. The Nuggets hold the all-time record having won 53 matches of the 93 played.
The five-game win streak came to an end courtesy of the LA Clippers in a 135-116 match. That said, Scott Brooks roster tweaks appear to be working as evidenced by the win streak which included wins versus current playoff seeds the Celtics, Nuggets, Blazers, and Lakers.
The revamped starting five retained Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook, and Rui Hachimura while Mo Wagner and Garrison Matthews move up from bench.
Additionally, while Davis Bertans and Robin Lopez enter as reserves their playing time has been increased by 3.5 and 5.7 minutes respectively.
Over the last six games, Beal is producing in line with his season scoring average but experiencing an uptick in assists (from 4.9 to 6.2) and rebounds (from 5.3 to 6.2).
But the player experiencing the greatest shift is Westbrook who has raised his level of play averaging triple-double production of 20 points 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists.
Ish Smith suffered a proximal quadricep injury that will keep him off the court between 6 to 8 weeks. Thomas Bryant is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL.
It was a slow start to the season for Jamal Murray struggling to perform consistently as he nursed a myriad of injuries. Head coach Mike Malone felt Murray wasn’t being aggresive enough offensively and spoke to his star guard.
In the 22 games he had played in the Canadian was taking 15.4 field goal attempts with 5.7 from deep with an efficiency of 44.2 percent and 34.1 percent respectively. That translated into 18.1 points along with 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steal.
Murray took coach Malone’s advice to heart which paid immediate dividends. Through the Nuggets last seven games he is averaging 30.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals.
Most impressively, the increased shot attempts (19.7 from the field with 9.3 from deep) corresponded with an efficiency increase of 55.1 percent from the field and 47.7 percent from the perimeter.
In spite of Murray’s return to form and Nikola Jokic’s continued consistent brilliance the Nuggets are dealing with ongoing injuries to core producers managing to record five wins in their last eight games.
Specifically, the trio of Gary Harris (left adductor strain) missed 10 of the last 11 games while Paul Millsap (knee) and PJ Dozier (hamstring) missed the last 5 and 14 games respectively. All three out out again Thursday. JaMychal Green (shoulder) is also out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Wizards are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Wizards are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
It’s the third game in four days for Washington as they finish the four-game road trip. Prior to the win streak this match had the potential to be a run and gun offensive smorgasborg.
But the Wizards are paying attention to defense now improving from 27th on the season to 13th during the last six games.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Wizards +7
Washington hasn’t convinced the oddsmakers their recent success isn’t a mirage. Meanwhile, Jokic and Murray need the supportng cast to step up on defense and captitalize on the Wizards average of 17.7 opponent points scored off turnovers.
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