Mavericks vs. Nuggets prediction and odds for Wednesday, February 15 (Trust Denver at home)

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Nuggets are back at home on Wednesday night to take on the new-look Dallas Mavericks and Kyrie Irving.

This could be a potential playoff matchup this season, but both teams are dealing with a bunch of injuries ahead of the All-Star break.

Dallas Mavericks injury report

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (hamstring): Questionable
  • Christian Wood (illness): Questionable
  • Reggie Bullock (illness): Questionable
  • Max Kleber (hamstring): Out
  • Davis Bertans (calf): Out

Denver Nuggets injury report

  • Aaron Gordon (ribs): Questionable
  • Jamal Murray (knee): Questionable
  • Reggie Jackson (trade): Out
  • Zeke Nnaji (shoulder): Out
  • Collin Gillespie (leg): Out

This line could certainly swing if Gordon or Murray is ruled out for Denver, but right now the Nuggets are set as 4.5-point favorites at home.

Denver is a league best 26-4 at home this season, but can it keep that up on Wednesday?

Mavericks vs. Nuggets odds, spread and total

Mavericks vs. Nuggets prediction and pick

The Mavericks are on a two-game skid, and their defense has slipped as the season has gone on.

Dallas ranks 22nd in the league in defensive rating, and Bullock and Wood are two key players for the team’s unit. If they miss this game, Denver’s No. 1 offense should eat.

The Nuggets have also been much improved on defense at Ball Arena this season, and they have the bodies (in theory) to match up with Irving and Luka Doncic on the outside, if Gordon plays.

It’s hard to set a concrete bet for this game with so many key players up in the air, but I lean with Denver to get things done.

The Nuggets are 17-10-1 as home favorites this season, winning those games by an average margin of 11.9 points per game.

I expect Nikola Jokic and company to have enough offense to down this Dallas team on Wednesday.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.