Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards – Game 19.


The Denver Nuggets start a three-game road trip tonight as they take on the Washington Wizards. Denver suffered a 105-103 loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night, a game in which the Nuggets should have won. Denver will look to respond on this three-game road trip in which they need to start producing wins – the schedule ahead is brutal.

What: NBA Preview – Game 19: Denver Nuggets (9-9) vs. Washington Wizards (12-5)
When: Friday, December 5th
Where: Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Time: 7:00 PM EST, 5:00 PM MST
TV: Altitude Sports

Despite the loss Tuesday night, Ty Lawson continues to put up ridiculous numbers. Ty produced his 6th-straight double-double, scoring 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting as he notched 13 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Entering Friday nights play, Lawson is second in the entire NBA in terms of assists with 10.3 per contest. Rajon Rondo is ahead of him with 10.9.

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Danilo Gallinari’s play has increasingly gotten better over the past few games. Although he only scored 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting vs. Portland the other night, Gallo finished the game with a team-high +9 plus/minus. Gallo did not participate in shootaround this morning due to an illness but expects to play tonight.

The Nuggets will be taking on a tough Washington Wizards team led by John Wall. Wall continues to improve his game year-after-year. This season (17 games), Wall is averaging 18.1 points, 9.6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per contest.

Another key part of the Wizards team is Bradley Beal. In Washington’s 111-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night, Beal scored a team-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting, collecting 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal. Denver will need to keep both of Washington’s guards in check.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Denver Nuggets (9-9):

PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Wilson Chandler
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov

Washington Wizards (12-5):

PG: John Wall
SG: Bradley Beal
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kris Humphries
C: Marcin Gortat

Tip-off between the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST, 5:00 PM MST.