9 pm NBC Sports Washington
Washington’s last game: win vs Pistons 115-111
- Otto Porter Jr.- 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists
- John Wall- 26 points, 10 assists, and 3 rebounds
- Bradley Beal- 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists
Denver’s last game: win vs Sacramento 96-79
- Paul Millsap- 18 points, 9 rebounds
- Kenneth Faried- 18 points, 8 rebounds (off the bench)
- Gary Harris- 17 points
Probable starting lineups:
Forward Otto Porter Jr. Paul Millsap
Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. Wilson Chandler
Center Marcin Gortat Nikola Jokic
Guard John Wall Gary Harris
Guard Bradley Beal Jamal Murray
Preview-Both teams have different styles, in regards to how they play the game. The Wizards offense through two games has been clicking all on all cylinders. As a team, they are fourth in the league averaging 117.5 points per game and are fifth in the league in field goal percentage (47.7%). Defensively, Washington ranks twenty-third allowing 113 points a game, including ranking third from the bottom in three point percentage allowed (43.1%). The one bright spot on defense for Washington, is they rank in the top five in creating turnovers (18 per game). Denver on the other hand does not score on offense much. They currently, are twenty-seventh in the league, averaging ninety-six points a game, but are fourth overall in the league on defense, as they only allow ninety-two points a game. The Nuggets do rely on the three pointer, and are shooting over forty percent, which puts them in the top five. They are good on the boards when it comes to rebounds, but the achilles heel, so far, for Denver is averaging eighteen turnovers per game.
Players to watch
Washington-John Wall and Bradley Beal. Currently, the two are combining to average fifty-two points, nine rebounds and thirteen assists per game. Wall, is third in the league averaging nine assists per game.
Denver-Paul Millsap is averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds per game, and is shooting fifty-six percent from the field. Shooting guard Gary Harris averages 15.5 points a game, and while he will not help with rebounds or assists, his asset has been shooting the 3-pointer, where he is averaging 67%, so far. Finally, off the bench, keep an eye out for Will Barton. The fifth year player, is averaging nineteen points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.