The Denver Nuggets look to close out a beautiful home stand and creep up to the 8th-and-final playoffs spot with a win against the Dallas Mavericks. The Nuggets still have a sour taste in their mouths of their loss back on December 12th, in which the Mavericks lit it up from downtown shooting a sizzling 46.2 percent. The Mavericks were clicking on all cylinders and it was a tipping point on the Nuggets young season for sure. Although getting their dynamic-2-way shooting guard Gary Harris from an undisclosed foot injury and inserting Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic into the starting lineup has certainly helped sparked the Nuggets’ recent gameplay, you can’t help but think that the loss to the bottom feeder Mavericks has definitely played a huge part.
In their last matchup the Nuggets never led and trailed by as much as 28 points. They allowed Dallas to shoot a combined 58.4% from the field and Wesley Matthews look like an all star as he went 10-14 from the court and marched to the 25 easiest points of his career. This time around the Nuggets are hoping to turn the tables and continue their hot starts with their new starting lineup of Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic.
In the last 2 games against the Portland Trailblazers and the New York Knicks, the Nuggets have been able to secure a big lead in the first and they have maintained them throughout the games. Their biggest problem this season has been getting down big early and having to play catchup. If this current streak stands it will be hard to beat the Nuggets, especially at the Pepsi Center. Tune in and support your Nuggets at 7 PM MT. Also join us on Twitter @DigInDenver as we discuss events live.
Keys to the Game
- Contain Wesley Matthews
- Force Turnovers
- Run off of Forced Turnovers
- Contain Harrison Barnes
- Keep them off the Foul Line