After a winless week than included two home losses, holiday cheer was in short supply as the Denver Nuggets went back to work before Christmas.
Starting with Monday night’s home game against the Golden State Warriors, the Nuggets looked to end a three-game losing streak. Denver then has a three-day break before back-to-back road games against the New Orleans Pelicans (11-14) and Memphis Grizzlies (11-15) on Friday and Saturday.
Here’s a quick look at each opponent:
Plenty of intrigue in this one. The Warriors eliminated the Nuggets from the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last spring and then lured swingman Andre Iguodala away from Denver as a free agent. It will be the first game for Iguodala at Pepsi Center since jumping ship
The Pelicans lost to the Nuggets on Dec. 15 to open a five-game road trip, and things didn’t get much better from there. New Orleans was 0-4 on the trip heading into Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Like Denver, New Orleans will have three days off before Friday’s meeting.
After reaching the Western Conference finals last spring, the Grizzlies have struggled without starting center Marc Gasol, who has been out since Nov. 23 with a knee injury. Memphis ended a five-game losing streak with a road win in New York on Friday and started the week in 13th place in the West.