After a tough loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Nuggets look to redeem themselves with another win over the New York Knicks as they try to sweep the regular season series.
In our last meeting on December 17th, Kenneth Faried was the leading scorer for the Nuggets with 25 points off of the bench, followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 22 points. The Nuggets starters had 74 points and the bench added 53. Denver attacked the paint, making 68 of their points from within.
The Nuggets ended that night with 55.6% with their FG attempts and 37% from downtown. Seven of the fourteen players who set foot on the court ended up with double digit numbers on the board. That night, the Nuggets only had 10 turnovers but those turnovers led to the Knicks making 23 points. We also only shot 58.6% from the free throw line, only making 17 of 29.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 29 points in his 36 minutes. The Knicks shot a low 43.8% and 34.8% from three-point land. The Nuggets were able to make 17 points off of the 13 turnovers that the Knicks had.
Even with the FT struggles, the Nuggets managed to get the W, 127-114.
The Denver Nuggets are banged up heading into tonights game. Danilo Gallinari remains sidelined after sitting the last four games and is expected to make his return to the court next week. Kenneth Faried will also not be playing following a sprained ankle injury on Wednesday night in Atlanta. We may also be without Emmanuel Mudiay as he continues to battle a back issue.
The Knicks are currently 0-3 in their five game homestand and 13-14 at home for the season. The Nuggets are 9-17 on the road.
Nuggets Stats: Knicks Stats:
FG%: 46 FG%: 44.5
RPG: 46.7 RPG: 46.4
APG: 24.4 APG: 21.7
Last 10: 5-5 Last 10: 3-7
Keys to the game, courtesy of Sean English:
- The Knicks are 4th in the league in blocks per game. Nuggets must utilize shot fakes to limit NY paint presence
- Both the Knicks and Nuggets average 12.6 offensive rebounds per game, good enough for 2nd and 3rd in the NBA. The team that gets second changes will have the best chance of winning.
- Overall, the Knicks are probably the most dysfunctional team in the league. Go out there, do your job, and we’ll leave NY with a win.
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) questionable
Kenneth Faried (ankle) out
Danilo Gallinari (groin) out
Lance Thomas (orbital) questionable
Joakim Noah (hamstring) out