the Denver Nuggets (32-13) Back to work tonight with Indiana Pacers (23-23) coming to town to try and snap Denver’s 15-game home winning streak that began Dec. 10. Denver is standing atop the Western Conference, while the Pacers have stumbled after a solid start to the season. The Nuggets are looking for their third straight sweep of the series this season as they continue to build their lead going head to head.
The Nuggets are 9-1 in their last 10 games after Wednesday night’s win over the… Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24) as that only loss is the second night of a consecutive game on the road after a long game against the team. Boston Celtics Verses (12-34): The night before. Denver has been firing on all cylinders for the past month and a half, and they are looking to keep that rolling.
As for the Pacers, since a 10-6 start to the season, they’ve been 13-17 over the last 30 games, and have been dealing with a very annoying injury error with star point guard Terese Haliburton (knee) shelved along with other bumps and bruises along the way. Tonight is the third of four road games for the Pacers that have been 4-6 in their last 10 games and are currently on a five-game losing streak. The Pacers are looking for revenge tonight after the Nuggets defeated them in November by three.
Who: Denver Nuggets (32-13, 21-3 home) vs. Indiana Pacers (23-23, 8-14 away)
Time: 7:00 pm GMT
Location: soccer field
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Competitor blog: Andy Cornrose
Predicted starting lineups:
IND: PG Andrew Nembhard, SG Buddy Hield, SF Bennedict Mathurin, PF Aaron Nesmith, C Myles Turner
Religion: PG Jamal Murray, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF Michael Porter Jr. P.F. Aaron Gordon, C Nikola Jokic
Injuries: Colin Gillespie (leg) out, Kendall Brown (leg) out, Tyrese Haliburton (knee) out, Daniel Theis (knee) out, Jeff Green (finger/hand) question, Peyton Watson (groin) question, Jamal Murray (foot) ) / ankle) possible
Pacers are not one of the biggest teams in the league. In the current starting lineup, other than Miles Turner, the tallest player on the team is small forward Benedict Mathurin at 6’6. As might be expected, they are sixth in three-point attempts, and fifth in three-pointers per game compared to 23rd in two-point attempts. The Nuggets have to keep this team off the arc because players like Buddy Hield can be in a rush to keep Their team is in a game.
Attack the basket
The Nuggets aren’t great at pulling off foul calls, as evidenced by their ranking in the bottom 10 in free throws and free throw attempts per game. However, the Pacers are 25th in errors per game and 24th in free throw attempts allowed per game. The Nuggets can hit the line on this one, and against a team that’s on the smaller side, the Nuggets’ size and athleticism can thrive.
As a team coached by Rick Carlisle, the Pacers are great on ball movement, sacking and blocking on defense is no surprise. They are seventh in assists, eighth in steals and third in blocks. They also rank fifth in terms of the number of matches forced per match. In games where the Nuggets struggle, they turn the ball over and play dirty. This is a team you really can’t do that against, because with the fastest paced sixth play, they’ll make you pay.