Game Preview: Nets-Nuggets

Battle of youth versus experience as Denver takes on Brooklyn
by Aaron Lopez

When the Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets square off at Pepsi Center, there will be a distinct generation gap.

Brooklyn’s listed starting five of Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson, Shaun Livingston, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams have a combined 61 years of NBA experience. Denver’s entire 15-man roster has 63 years of experience.

Youth certainly could be an advantage Thursday night as the Nuggets look to take advantage of a Nets team completing a tough back-to-back set that started with a 44-point loss in Portland on Wednesday.

Denver will try to push the pace as much as possible in an effort to test the legs of veterans such as Garnett (37) and Pierce (36).

“The one thing I did emphasize with our team is that tonight, more so than any night, I could care less if we don’t call a single play after makes or misses,” Denver coach Brian Shaw after Thursday's shootaround. “That’s one of the advantages that we’ll have. We need to look to run and take advantage of the fact that they played last night and got in early this morning.”

The Nuggets are looking to end a three-game losing streak as they wrap up a three-game homestand. Brooklyn is 2-3 on its current seven-game road trip.


WHEN: 8:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver.

DENVER (25-31)

F Evan Fournier
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Aaron Brooks

BROOKLYN (26-29)
F Joe Johnson
F Paul Pierce
C Kevin Garnett
G Shaun Livingston
G Deron Williams

Darrell Arthur (hip); Wilson Chandler (knee), Danilo Gallinari (knee), Ty Lawson (fractured rib), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson (knee) are out.
BROOKLYN: Brook Lopez (foot) is out.

Denver has won six straight at home vs. the Nets and seven of the last nine … The Nuggets have won eight of the last 12 games overall against the Nets, dating to 2006-07 … The Nuggets and Nets split the season series in 2010-11 for third time in the last five seasons … Denver’s 114-70 loss at New Jersey on Feb. 7, 2009, tied the fourth-largest loss in Nuggets franchise history … The Nets hold the Nuggets team record for most blocked shots in a game by an opposing team (22 at New Jersey on 12/12/91).