If you got sick last night watching sloppy turnovers, wide-open layups thanks to terrible defense and games smashing the unders, it might be time to check out some professional basketball. Thankfully, the league is providing us with a full 10-game slate. Let’s dive into everything it has to offer.
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DENVER NUGGETS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS (-1.5) | O/U: 219.5
7 p.m. ET
What the metrics say: These teams met just once this year, in the first week of the season. Washington won at home 109-104 in an ugly battle: Neither team got above 105.1 points per 100 possessions, and they were both especially atrocious offensively in the half court, scoring at rates of less than 82.0 points/100. The Nuggets and Wizards have struggled to defend the rim this season, ranking 23rd and 26th in field-goal percentage allowed there, respectively. That said, the Nuggets are typically much worse than the Wiz in half-court sets, as they rank a poor 26th in 3-point percentage allowed; Washington owns the best 3-point defense in the league. Bradley Beal getting hot from 3 could be the difference in an otherwise close affair. — Bryan Mears