Washington Wizards (2-0) at Denver Nuggets (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -3 -- Over/Under: 223 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets meet Monday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Washington Wizards look to improve to 3-0 on the season when they take to the road for the first time. The Washington Wizards are averaging 177.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 47.5 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 27 points and nine assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 25 points and five rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Marcin Gortat is grabbing 13 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 43.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost seven of their last 11 road games.
The Denver Nuggets look for their second home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 96 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 92.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 19 points and 2.5 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Kenneth Faried is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won six of their last nine home games.
The Wizards are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nuggets are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings, the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Washington Wizards continue to deal with injuries and a lack of depth, which almost cost them both of their first two victories. Washington also isn't nearly the same team on the road as it is at home. The Denver Nuggets are a legit playoff contender in the West this season and need to take care of home court to make that a reality. A much better showing for the Nuggets in their last game, and I expect them to build on that here.