Photo: AP Photo/David Zalubowski
The Denver Nuggets have a quick turn around as they look to recover from their 130-104 loss to the Houston Rockets just under 24 hours ago.
Where: Phoenix, Arizona-Talking Stick Resort Arena
When: 7 p.m. MST
Watch/Listen: Altitude Sports and Entertainment-FM 92.5 KWOF
The last few weeks for the Nuggets have been tough as the team has had matchups against the NBA’s toughest opponents. Close loses to the Celtics and Spurs were followed by three straight victors over the Thunder, Warriors, and Hornets. The team was rolling offensively, but unfortunately after three days off, the Nuggets lost their offensive spark and got dismantled by the Rockets last night in Houston. As a team, the Nuggets were ice cold and shot just 10 percent from behind the three-point line. A bright spot in the Nuggets blowout loss last night was that they were able to pull their starters midway through the third quarter and should be rested for the second game in two nights.
The Suns are coming off a game in which they lost by 48 points to the San Antonio Spurs, and yes, you read that right. The loss to the Spurs was the largest defeat any team has suffered this season, and the worst part about it was that it was on the Suns home court. With a record of 18-38, the Suns are near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and are in the mist of a very tough season. The lone bright spot for the team is Devin Booker whose averaging 24.1 points per game this season. Booker is averaging 23.5 points per game in two games against the Nuggets this season, and scored 30 points in the two teams last meeting just a couple weeks ago.
The last time these two teams squared off was not a pretty sight for the Nuggets and it ended up being one of their worst loses of the season so far. The Nuggets lost 108-100 in a game that the Nuggets had no answer for Booker. The loss to the Suns may have woken the Nuggets up a little though as the team is 6-3 since that game.
A storyline to watch on Saturday night will be whether or not Nuggets new point guard Devin Harris makes his debut. It was reported on Friday that there was about a 50-50 chance that Harris plays, but that he’ll still be with the team regardless of if he plays of not.
Devin Harris will not be with the team tonight in Houston. He’ll meet the Nuggets in Phoenix @BSNDenver
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) February 9, 2018
If Harris doesn’t suit up Saturday night, look for Monte Morris to continue to get minutes with the Nuggets second unit. Morris played well last night against the Rockets scoring 10 points on 4-5 shooting, while dishing out six assists and adding in three steals. Morris showed that he isn’t scared of the big stage and gave the Nuggets a look at what his future with the franchise could potentially be moving forward.
The rook is quick. pic.twitter.com/4pdLyZvrkw
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 10, 2018
Stay tuned to Dig In Denver for the postgame to see if the Nuggets can get back on track against the Suns.