The Denver Nuggets are back in action Friday night to take on Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat.
Time: 7 p.m. MST
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
TV/Radio: Altitude TV | KKSE 950 AM
The Denver Nuggets (4-4) will face another Eastern Conference opponent Friday night as they look to start their homestead on a two game win streak. Their opponent, the Miami Heat, are 3-4 to start the season and are embarking on a six game road trip that begins at the Pepsi Center.
Heat star Hassan Whiteside is averaging 19.5 points and 18 rebounds per game early in the season. Whiteside is an incredible shot blocker, as Nuggets fans will remember from his 11-block performance at the Pepsi Center last season. Jokic vs. Whiteside will be a fun match-up to watch and will give Jokic one of his toughest tests of the season so far.
The Heat are a well rounded offensive team, as they have seven players averaging double figures in points. Miami is led by point guard Goran Dragic, who is averaging 19.9 points per game so far. Dion Waiters is another name to watch, he’s a guy who can score and create his shot anywhere on the court. Waiters, who signed a four-year $52 million deal with the Heat this offseason, is currently averaging 16 points per game. Heat rookie Bam Adebayo is also a player to keep an eye on. Adebayo is currently averaging 5.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The former Kentucky Wildcat brings a lot of energy off the bench, playing only 18.8 minutes per game.
For the Nuggets, offense is flying high as of late. Denver has scored over 105 points in each of its last four games. The Nuggets offense exploded for 129 points against the Raptors on Wednesday night thanks in part to a great game from veteran Paul Millsap. Millsap scored 20 points, his most yet as a Nugget, and really seemed to find his shots.
Millsap’s strong offense seemed to rub off on second year point guard Jamal Murray, who scored 24 points. It was Murray’s third consecutive game with 20+ points. Murray has looked more comfortable as of late, playing more care free and loose than he was at the beginning of the season.
Murray isn’t the only Nugget’s point guard having success. Emmanuel Mudiay has scored 15+ points in his last four games and is averaging 12.1 points per game. He’s also averaging over three rebounds and three assists per game. Getting production at the point guard position has really been a spark for the Nuggets offense. Its something that will hopefully continue moving forward.
The Nuggets put together a good 42 minutes against the Raptors according to head coach Michael Malone, but didn’t finish strong the last six minutes of the game. A strong 48 minutes will be the Nuggets next step. Its something they’ll have to do if they want to have success against a good Miami Heat team on Friday night. A win against the Heat could build momentum for the Nuggets as they continue their six game homestead. It could also help propel them before a tough match up against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
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