The Denver Nuggets (48-24) will finish their five-game road trip against the Washington Wizards (32-40) tonight. The Nuggets are aiming to end the trip with a 3-2 record while maintaining their lead in the Western Conference. The Wizards, on the other hand, are vying for a spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.
The Nuggets have rebounded from a four-game losing streak by winning two of their last three games, including a solid defensive performance against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. They are currently leading the Western Conference by 3.5 games with only ten games remaining in the regular season.
Meanwhile, the Wizards are struggling, having lost their last three games and 8 out of their last 10. They are 2.5 games behind 10th place in the Eastern Conference and need to improve their record to secure a playoff spot.
The game will take place at Capital One Arena and will air on AltitudeTV and League Pass for non-Denver market viewers. Both teams are expected to start strong lineups, with Collin Gillespie out for the Wizards and Kyle Kuzma questionable due to an ankle injury.
There are three things to watch for in this game. Firstly, the Nuggets must prioritize outside shooting as the Wizards’ starting two centers will reduce their space inside. Secondly, the Nuggets should push the pace and take advantage of Aaron Gordon’s speed on the break. Lastly, the Nuggets need to protect the paint and not allow the Wizards to score easy baskets around the rim.