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Game Preview: Bobcats vs Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets look for their third straight win.

Wilson Chandler Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Wilson Chandler and the Denver Nuggets will try to impose their will on the defensive-minded Bobcats.
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The Nuggets (22-21) have won six of their past seven home games and are coming off back-to-back wins against Indiana and Sacramento. They will try to continue to push the pace against a Charlotte team that gives up 97.2 points per game.

“It’ll be a test of wills – their will to try to slow things down and ours to try to continue at the pace we’ve playing, especially as of late,” Denver coach Brian Shaw said.

The Nuggets hope to have point guard Ty Lawson running the show. Lawson, who leads Denver in points and assists, strained his left rotator cuff Sunday at Sacramento and is a game-time decision versus Charlotte.

BOBCATS AT NUGGETS


WHEN:
7 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver.
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

PROBABLE STARTERS
DENVER (22-21)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C J.J. Hickson
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

CHARLOTTE (19-27)
F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F Josh McRoberts
C Al Jefferson
G Gerald Henderson
G Ramon Sessions

INJURY REPORT
DENVER:
Lawson and Darrell Arthur (hip strain) are day-to-day. Danilo Gallinari (knee) and JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) are out.
CHARLOTTE: Brendan Haywood (foot), Jeffery Taylor (Achilles' tendon) and Kemba Walker (ankle) are out.

SERIES NOTES
The Nuggets are 6-1 all-time at home against the Bobcats, with their only loss coming on 1/29/07 (101-105) . . . The overall series has been relatively close in recent years, with Denver leading 8-4 since 2006-07 . . . The Nuggets and Bobcats have split the season series (1-1) five times in nine years since Charlotte joined the NBA . . . The Bobcats’ biggest win ever against the Nuggets is only 12 points (107-95 at Charlotte on 12/8/09), while the Nuggets’ biggest win over Charlotte was a 40-point home victory the last times the teams faced off at the Pepsi Center (120-80 in Denver on 3/2/11).