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Denver Nuggets vs Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets seems to defend their residence courtroom as soon as once more as Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets come into city Wednesday evening.

After a detailed loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Charlotte Hornets (1-2) look to rebound at residence in opposition to the Denver Nuggets (1-2). Accidents nonetheless plague the Hornets, as Nicolas Batum, Michael Carter-Williams, and Julyan Stone will all be absent from gameplay. Cody Zeller is undecided whereas  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will return and begin however solely see restricted minutes.
The Nuggets could also be down Darrell Arthur and Juan Hernangomez, who each are affected by an undisclosed sickness. Whereas Arthur was formally energetic Monday evening in opposition to the Wizards, he didn't play, so he should be feeling the results of his illness.
Denver Nuggets @ Charlotte Hornets
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, • 7:00 PM ET
Spectrum Middle • Charlotte, NC
Radio: KKSE 950AM, 610 AM The Fan

Key Match-ups:

The Dwight Howard and Nikola Jokic low publish battle will definitely be intriguing. Howard brings a standard model to the block, whereas Jokic is a singular participant whose unconventional playstyle makes him a match-up nightmare.
By three video games, Jokic has averaged 12 factors, 10 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. His scoring has wildly fluctuated in these three video games although, going from 7 to zero to 29 factors. It will likely be fascinating to see how far Jokic attracts Howard out of the paint; one thing that may very well be important to figuring out the result of this sport.
Gary Harris and Jeremy Lamb determine to make an intriguing match-up on the wing as effectively. By three video games, Lamb has been a constant scoring presence. He’s scored 15, 15, and 17 in opposition to Stanley Johnson, Kent Bazemore, and Tony Snell, a strong palette of defenders.
Harris has been a bit extra inconsistent, scoring solely two factors in opposition to Washington. Nevertheless, he'll make it robust for Lamb to attain. These two will battle all evening lengthy, whoever wins might swing the sport of their crew’s path.

What to Watch For:

  • Turnovers. Each the Hornets and Nuggets rank within the backside third of the league in TOV%. For Charlotte, that is largely a results of too many Dwight Howard post-ups and correspondingly lazy publish entry passes. If they will revert again to final 12 months’s methods, their odds of profitable this sport ought to enhance drastically.
  • Frank Kaminsky on the 5. Within the two video games, Cody Zeller has been injured, Frank Kaminsky has feasted because the backup middle. If Zeller returns, watch to see if Kaminsky can proceed his sizzling streak on the four. If not, Steve Clifford may have a tough time juggling an already crowded middle rotation.
  • Kemba Walker. Each Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray are younger level guards. Whereas they’re okay on the defensive finish, Kemba can use his expertise to his benefit and outfox the younger guards for a giant scoring evening.

Keys to Victory

New acquisition for the Nuggets, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Jokic make up one of the crucial versatile fronts within the NBA. It received’t be attainable to really shut them down, however slowing them down will probably be a should if the Hornets wish to win.
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