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Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/9/13

Denver Nuggets (12-8) at Washington Wizards (9-10)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards +1.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets head to Washington on Monday to square off against the Washington Wizards.

The Washington Wizards are sitting at 9-10 this season and currently are just six games back of the Heat in the Southeast division.  The Wizards don’t light up the stat sheet like some other teams are doing, but they are getting wins and playing good solid ball right now.  The Wizards have won three out of their last five games heading into their meeting with Denver on Monday, with wins over the Magic, the Hawks and the Bucks.  In their last outing, the Wizards were beaten by the Bucks 109-105 in overtime on Friday.

Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/9/13

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The Denver Nuggets are 12-8 so far this season, and an even 6-6 overall on the road this year.  The Nuggets once again have one of the elite offenses in the league, scoring an average of 104 points per game, but defensively the Nuggets have struggled, allowing 101.3 per outing.  Like the Wizards, the Nuggets have won three out of their last five heading into Monday’s matchup.  Last time out the Nuggets defeated the Sixers in Philly, 103-92 on Saturday.

The Denver Nuggets are 11-9 against the spread this season, and are an even 10-10 this season on totals.  The Nuggets are a solid play on the road this year, going 8-4 against the spread.  When Denver faces teams giving up 99+ points per game on average, the Nuggets are also 8-4 against the spread this season.

The Washington Wizards are 10-9 against the spread, and are 10-9 in favor of the over in totals this season.  Washington is also 5-4 against the spread at home, and when the Wizards are going up against teams with a solid offense, the Wizards are 5-3 against the spread.

I'm going to be on the total here.  I feel the odds makers have been too conservative once again here as I am expecting to see a high scoring game here in Washington.  I'll be on the over on this one.

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Over 198.5

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