The Denver Nuggets will look to sack the streaking Indiana Pacers in a Sunday afternoon showdown.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse-Indianapolis, Indiana
When: 3 p.m. MST
TV/Radio: Altitude Sports and Entertainment/Altitude Radio 950 AM
The Nuggets snapped a four game losing streak against the Orlando Magic on Friday night with a commanding 103-89 victory. They’ll now face-off against a new-look Pacers team that features newly acquired guard Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder this past offseason in the deal that sent the Thunder Paul George. So far, it seems to be working our pretty well for Indiana as Oladipo is their leading scorer averaging 23.6 points per game. Oladipo is also chipping in 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assist per game, while shooting a phenomenal 43 percent from behind the three-point line. Oladipo continued his stellar play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night scoring 33 points, including this three-pointer to end the Cavs 13 game wining streak.
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Some other names the Nuggets will have to look out for are Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Domantas Sabonis. Turner is averaging 13.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. Bogdanovic is a sharpshooter averaging 14.9 points per game, while shooting a stellar 43 percent from behind the arc. Sabonis was the other player the Pacers acquired in the Paul George deal and is averaging 12 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting over 45 percent from behind the three-point line. The Pacers are currently 15-11 and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Nuggets have a record of 14-11 and are fifth in the Western Conference. Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic will be OUT once again with an ankle injury, but will hopefully return soon. Jokic showed signs of improvement after he was able to get through the teams pregame shootaround in Orlando.
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With Jokic out, the Nuggets have seen players like Will Barton, Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, and even Malik Beasley step up. Barton is currently leading the team in points per game at 15.9 and is shooting 42 percent from behind the three-point line. Harris leads the Nuggets in steals at 1.9 per game and played incredibly active on both ends of the court in the Nuggets last game in Orlando. The Nuggets defense will be in store for another tough challenge on Sunday as the Pacers average 108.3 points per game. The match-up between Harris and Oladipo will certainly be one of the main story lines to watch.
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