Wizards vs. Nuggets - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (9-9) at Washington Wizards (12-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT2, CSNB, NBATV
The Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards play Friday night at the Verizon Center.
The Denver Nuggets have split their last four games and hope to get above a .500 record. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 105.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 105.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 16.6 points and 10.3 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 14.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game and Wilson Chandler is shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Denver Nuggets continue to struggle on the defensive side of the ball, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in four of their last five games and are allowing teams to shoot 36.7 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Nuggets have to improve defensively if they’re going to be a playoff contender.
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The Washington Wizards have won five of their last seven games and continue to climb up the East standings. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 98.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 95.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting. John Wall leads Washington with 18.1 points and 9.6 assists while Bradley Beal is shooting 46.5 percent from the field. Marcin Gortat is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game and Paul Pierce is shooting 31.7 percent from downtown. The Washington Wizards, when healthy, are one of the top offensive teams in the league, as they’re shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Wizards are 8-2 SU at home this season. Pierce and Nene Hilario are questionable for this game with injuries.
The Nuggets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Wizards have shown us more and have been playing better on both sides of the ball. Give me the Wizards and the small chalk.