7:10 pm
December 5

Nuggets @ Magic

Who will WIN this matchup?

Denver Nuggets (16-7)

@ Orlando Magic (12-12)


Current odds:

Denver Nuggets: (-220)

Orlando Magic: (+180)


• The line for this game is Denver by 5.5 points.

• The Denver Nuggets will try to avoid a letdown following perhaps their best win of the season when they continue a five-game road trip at the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Even after losing leading scorer Gary Harris (hip) in the first half, the Nuggets held on to top NBA-leading Toronto by a 106-103 margin Monday night. Nikola Jokic notched his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds as Denver won its season-high sixth in a row and its fourth straight away from home.

• The Magic will be returning home after finishing a six-game road trip with back-to-back wins, including Tuesday’s 105-90 triumph at Miami. Aaron Gordon led six players in double figures with 20 points while making all three of his 3-point tries, part of Orlando’s 14-for-28 effort from beyond the arc against the Heat.

• Jokic shot 8-of-13 from the floor Monday night while reaching double figures in rebounds and assists in the same game for the third time during the six-game winning streak, including in the 112-87 win over Orlando on Nov. 23. “He does everything,” guard Jamal Murray told reporters of Jokic. “He passes, rebounds, handles the ball. There’s nothing he really can’t do, except jump.” Murray chipped in 21 points and Malik Beasley added 15 off the bench while making all three of his 3-point attempts.

• Gordon is averaging 19 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 53.6 percent in two games since missing a loss at Portland due to a back issue. Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s win for his 10th double-double in the last 13 games, and the star center has made at least 50 percent of his shots in 10 consecutive contests. Reserve swingman Terrence Ross also had 19 points versus Miami and averaged 18.7 on the road trip, including a 7-for-8 shooting effort at Denver.

• Beasley is 4-for-4 from beyond the arc over his last two games.

• Orlando has held consecutive opponents under 100 points for the first time this season.

• Denver has won five straight meetings.

StreakSmarter Pick
Denver Nuggets