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Wizards vs. Nuggets preview: Washington hosts Denver on Phil Chenier Night

NBA: Washington Wizards at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 57 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 63 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Foot)

Nuggets: Gary Harris (Out, Knee), Tyler Lydon (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for

Can the Wizards win one for Phil Chenier?

The Wizards are retiring Phil Chenier’s number during Friday’s game, a fitting tribute for someone who gave so much to the franchise as a player and as a color commentator for so many years. He was a key part of the team’s success in the 1970’s, but didn’t get to enjoy the fruits of the team’s 1978 title due to a back injury he suffered early in that season. A win on Friday would be a great way to put a better capper on Chenier’s career in Washington.

Still, the Wizards can’t expect the Nuggets to lie down and accommodate the Wizards on their big night. Denver is running out of time to get back in the playoff race. They’re sitting in ninth place in the West, 1.5 games behind the eighth place Jazz with only 10 games left to play. Worse yet, their leading scorer Gary Harris will miss Friday’s game with a knee injury.

The Nuggets know they’re going to have to be on-point to steal this game on the road and keep their playoff dreams alive. Washington has to be aware of that if they want to bring home a win on Phil Chenier’s big night.

A random moment in Wizards - Nuggets history: Scott Brooks drawing a charge on Nikola Jokic

Just some really solid, late-game execution from Scott Brooks here.