[7:00 PM] Nuggets @ Wizards

Who will WIN this matchup?

Denver Nuggets (8-13)

@ Washington Wizards (7-13)


The line for this game is Washington by 6 points.

John Wall wasn’t the least bit happy after a career-best 52-point performance because his Washington Wizards continue to underachieve. Wall’s sensational effort didn’t even result in a victory and the Wizards, who possess a 7-13 record at the quarter pole of the NBA schedule, will attempt to start a turnaround when they host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.

Chandler continued his torrid early-season play with 27 points and a season-high 15 rebounds against the Nets and has scored 20 or more points in five of his last seven contests. Expectations weren’t too high for the 29-year-old veteran after he missed all of last season due to hip surgery, but he is averaging a career-best 18.6 points in 20 games. Athletic swingman Will Barton has been on a roll since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 18.5 points and 7.3 rebounds over his last four contests.

Wall’s huge performance against Orlando occurred in the second game of a back-to-back set, and it displays that his knees are fully healthy. Wall underwent surgery on both knees in the offseason and was being held out of back-to-backs earlier this season, but he averaged 38.5 points in this set against Brooklyn and Orlando. The frustration level Wall showed after the 52-point outburst had been building as the team has yet to mesh under new coach Scott Brooks and is allowing an average of 117.5 points over the last four games.

The Nuggets swept last season’s two-game set and have won four of the last six in the series.

Denver SF Danilo Gallinari tallied a season-low five points on 2-of-7 shooting against the Nets.

Washington C Marcin Gortat is averaging 13 rebounds over his last four games and has recorded 16 double-digit efforts on the boards.


StreakSmarts Pick: Washington Wizards

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick