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Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets

What the hell was THAT?! After an incredible win in opposition to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday evening, the Brooklyn Nets took a fast journey to MSG to play the winless New York Knicks on Friday evening. Because it seems, the Nets had been simply the factor the Knicks they usually washed Brooklyn by 21 factors. They ruined everybody’s Friday evening.
The opponent Sunday night would be the Denver Nuggets. In a crowded Western Convention, Denver is trying to make their transfer into that center tier that can provide the elites like Golden State, San Antonio and Houston a struggle come playoff time. Sadly for them, they’ve struggled to begin the yr. They’re hoping that their win in opposition to the Hawks in Atlanta on Friday evening would be the factor that soar begins their season. Denver will get to get a pleasant evening of sleep after this one as they’ll keep on the town to play the Knicks on Monday evening because the second half of a back-to-back.

Accidents

DeMarre Carroll (proper ankle soreness) is questionable Quincy Acy (left groin pressure) is out. It seems the Knicks recreation was a much bigger loss than we thought.
Juan Hernangomez has been out of motion attributable to mononucleosis and he received’t be taking part in tonight.

Earlier than the sport

This is one thing to control. There is a main storm heading for New York that might have an effect on your commute to and from the sport. For those who're heading out to Barclays, costume warmly and stroll slowly.

The sport

Going into the yr, I believe all of us anticipated Denver’s offense to be among the best within the league. Nevertheless, they’ve solely averaged 99.four factors per 100 possessions, 22nd within the league. Ryan Blackburn of Denver Stiffs has an excellent breakdown of the place Denver has been getting their photographs from and the way they will enhance.
We’ll get a matchup of two lottery picks from the 2015 Draft. On one aspect is D’Angelo Russell. Though he went 6-10 from the sphere, DLo appeared extremely tentative on Friday after lacking Wednesday’s recreation attributable to an ankle harm and solely performed 17 minutes (attributable to early foul bother and the sport changing into a blowout). As he will get additional away from the harm, he’ll appear to be his common self. On the opposite aspect is Emmanuel Mudiay. It’s been an extremely troublesome begin to Mudiay’s profession in Denver. He’s seen his position change every year and at the moment is working the second unit. For those who’re in search of a constructive, he’s coming off of a reasonably strong recreation on Friday evening. Possibly that would be the spark plug that will get him going.

Participant to look at: Nikola Jokic

After a glowing 2016-2017 marketing campaign, lots of people had been prepared so as to add him to the higher echelon of elite gamers. Actually, debates about Jokic and the way good he was dominated Twitter all summer season lengthy. Jesse Blanchard and James Holas had an excellent dialogue about Jokic in the summertime that’s value your time. Though he hasn’t been having a foul season, he hasn’t been pretty much as good as he was final yr. He’s turning the ball over much more than common, he’s attending to the free throw line so much much less, and is capturing farther from the basket. Mike Malone and the remainder of the Nuggets might want to discover a higher method to play to Jokic’s strengths so he may also help push them to the playoffs.
The Nets trio of bigs could have their palms full tonight. Timofey Mozgov shall be first up and he’ll look to melt Jokic up for Trrevor Booker and Jarrett Allen. Every huge brings one thing distinctive to the desk and if they will get Jokic working laborious on protection, they’ll tire him out as the sport progresses.

From the Vault

Due to Russell Westbrook's triple double barrage (and TylerIAm on Twitter), everybody has gotten re familiarized with Fats Lever. And with the Nuggets retiring his jersey on December 12, it’s an excellent time to revisit one in every of Fats’s best video games.
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