Game Preview: Nuggets-Magic

Denver continues five-game road trip in Orlando
by Aaron Lopez

Playing catch-up has proven difficult for the Denver Nuggets this season.

The Nuggets have won just five of 32 games when trailing at halftime, and they are 1-23 when trailing after three quarters.

Denver was in comeback mode throughout its 105-98 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. The Nuggets never led after the 7-minute mark of the first quarter.

“We didn’t seem to get engaged in the game until the end when we were trying to scramble and come back,” coach Brian Shaw said. “The game was in the balance all night long, and we couldn’t seem to get over the hump.”

The Nuggets will try to avoid another uphill battle Wednesday night when they face the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

On Jan. 11, Denver built a 36-point lead against the Magic and cruised to a 120-94 win at Pepsi Center.

Kenneth Faried scored 16 points in the first meeting against Orlando. He remains Denver’s hottest player since the All-Break, averaging 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in his past 12 games.


WHEN: 5 p.m. MT
WHERE: Amway Center, Charlotte
TV; RADIO: Altitude2; AM-950

DENVER (27-36)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

ORLANDO (19-46)
F Maurice Harkless
F Kyle O'Quinn
C Nikola Vucevic
G Arron Afflalo
G Jameer Nelson

Danilo Gallinari (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson are out.
ORLANDO: None to report.

The Nuggets are just 2-18 in their last 20 games played in Orlando (had a 15-game road losing streak from the 1992-93 season through the 2007-08 season) . . . Denver has lost 21 of the last 24 games in Orlando since 1990-91 . . . The Nuggets have won 10 of the last 11 games against Orlando in Denver since 2003-04 . . . The Nuggets and Magic split the season series 1-1 for eight straight years before Denver swept 2-0 in 2011-12, their first season series sweep of the Magic since 1991-92. That stood as the longest drought for the Nuggets against any Eastern Conference team . . . The Nuggets own a .388 winning percentage against the Magic (19-30 all-time), which ranks as the second-worst winning percentage for Denver against a single opponent (the .349 all-time winning percentage against the L.A. Lakers is the only one lower).