The Denver Nuggets are currently on their longest winning streak of this season, looking to grab a sixth straight victory tonight as they host the Washington Wizards. The Nuggets are coming fresh off of a 116-104 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
The Wizards, on the other hand, are coming off a 113-106 loss against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, looking to avoid a second straight loss. Tonight’s battle will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Nuggets and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Nuggets won 52 games, limiting the D.C. team to 38 victories.
-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 70.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Justin Robinson (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
The Denver Nuggets would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the visitors to thirty-eight percent. Will Barton scored 11 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the second quarter. Jamal Murray helped out with ten points as he missed only three of his eight shots attempted.
Center Nikola Jokic recorded six points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Indiana-native Gary Harris contributed with four points while Paul Millsap had three points. Former Philadelphia 76ers’ Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for sixteen points.
On the other end of the court, Thomas Bryant put up eight points while recording two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block. Troy Brown chalked up six points on fifty-percent shooting. Bradley Beal dropped four points while pulling down three rebounds and giving out three assists. Moritz Wagner played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points while the Colorado team went into halftime with a huge 64-47 lead.
The Washington Wizards would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 57-53 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field. During that run, Jordan McRae scored 17 points off the bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last quarter. Davis Bertans helped out with 11 points while Beal earned 10 more points.
As for the Nuggets, Mason Plumlee scored 11 points off the bench while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Harris was able to get seven points while Murray had six. Jokic was held to just two points but it was still the Nuggets who were able to get by with a 117-104 victory. Jerami Grant finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Jordan McRae had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.
The Washington Wizards will head to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 51.8 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (8-8) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.
The Denver Nuggets will go to California to play Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (7-9) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams this season. The last time they played each other was on October 28 when the Kings fell to the Nuggets, 101-94. Jamal Murray finished that game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Richaun Holmes had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks.