Wolves @ Nuggets Gameday
Wolves @ Nuggets 8:00 PM - Pepsi Center
Where to Watch: NBA League Pass
Where to Listen: 1130 AM
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* Kevin Love (groin) - DOUBTFUL
* Aaron Afflalo (hamstring) - DAY-TO-DAY
* Chris Andersen (ankle) - DAY-TO-DAY
* Timofey Mozgov (ankle, knee) - DAY-TO-DAY
Since shipping Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, the Nuggets are 16-6 and sit admirably in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture at the fifth spot. While many thought head coach George Karl was delusional after claiming he had his best team in five and a half seasons AFTER trading Anthony, the Nuggets have shown the effectiveness of a balanced attack and a fresh aggressive mindset. With Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, and Ty Lawson, the Nuggets have boosted its overall record to 48-31 behind a deep roster loaded with weapons ready to contribute on any given night.
Last Time Out
Denver faced Oklahoma City, its likely first round opponent, and lost 104-89 for just the second time in nine games.
The Wolves were plagued by a slow start and had problems defending the Phoenix Suns pick-and-roll. The Suns cruised 108-98 on Wednesday night, handing the Wolves its 12th straight defeat.
The Numbers Game
The last time Minnesota visited Denver at the Pepsi Center, Kevin Love exploded for a career-high 43 points and 17 rebounds. A repeated performance is unlikely for Love as he continues to battle a lingering groin injury.
Match-up to Watch
Michael Beasley vs. Danilo Gallinari
An intriguing matchup between two lengthy athletic wingmen could be the difference maker in tonight’s contest. Both stand at 6’10” and have the ability of scoring in bunches. Gallinari has instantly fit with the Nuggets attack, leading the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game. In Love’s absence, Beasley has stepped up by scoring 20+ points in three straight games.
What to Look For
Denver averages a league-high 107.1 points per game and plays an up-tempo style of play behind the speedy backcourt of Felton and Lawson. While the Wolves give up a league-worst 106.9 points per game, expect them to match the tempo and style of play for an exciting, high-scoring contest. Tonight, the Pepsi Center will showcase some of the best young talent in the league, so expect plenty of jaw-dropping highlights from both squads.
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