Nuggets host Wizards in basketball action
Washington Wizards vs Denver Nuggets Odds
The Nuggets will be trying to slam the Wizards on Friday when the teams tip off at Pepsi Center in NBA betting action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Nuggets are 24-17 so far on the season, and 23-18 ATS vs. the number. The Wizards, meanwhile, are 7-29 and 21-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Denver go 22-19 and the Wizards go 16-19-1 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Nuggets as 11.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 210, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Nuggets) and the No. 22 (Wizards) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 100-91 result in favor of the Nuggets is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Denver's No. 5-ranked offense (102.6 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 13 at 96.6 PPG. The Nuggets have averaged 46.4% from the field per game, more than the Wizards have managed so far this season (41.5% on average).
Defensively, the Wizards feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.6 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.
The Wizards were a 95-94 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (189) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Wizards wasted a 26-point performance from Bradley Beal as Sacramento ran past them 95-94 on Wednesday at Power Balance Pavilion.
Last time out for Denver, they were a 117-97 loser as they battled the Thunder on the road. The Nuggets failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 214 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Denver was run off the court by the Thunder on Wednesday as Oklahoma City blasted them 117-97 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Clippers are 2-8
After playing Sacramento are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
A few Wizards at Nuggets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Washington's last 17 games when playing Denver
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing on the road against Denver
Washington is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Denver
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Denver is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington
Denver is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Washington at LA Clippers, Saturday, January 19
Denver home to Oklahoma City, Sunday, January 20