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Wizards vs. Nuggets preview: Washington looks to beat Denver on the road

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time

Where: Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado

TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)

Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. (Out, back)

What to Watch for

Denver is playoff bound

The Nuggets clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013 and they're going to come out ready to work in this one. Denver has won eight of their last ten and are coming off a win against Oklahoma City. They're tied with the Warriors at the top of the Western Conference standings and could take over first if they win and the Warriors lose to the Hornets.

Meanwhile, it’s the last game of the four-game road trip for the Wizards before they return home to host Otto Porter Jr. and the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. We'll see if they can find the energy and will to make this a competitive game.

Jamal Murray needs to be face guarded

Murray is averaging 18.3 points per game this season but he's turned it up recently. In his last three performances against the Thunder, Rockets, and Pistons, he has put up 27, 20, and 30 points respectively. Please note that his last two games were back-to-back.

Washington needs to guard him closely the entire game in order to throw off the offensive momentum that he currently has.

Nikola Jokic is still a beast

Not much has changed since the Nuggets met the Wizards last in terms on Jokic’s dominance. He is still leading the Nuggets in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He’s averaging 20.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.

The Wizards held Jokic to 15 points when they played last week, but had an impressive 11 assists to make up for it. Washington has to cut off his passing lanes better this time around.

A random moment in Wizards - Nuggets history: Beal put up 25 points and 8 assists against Denver on March 21