Photo: Tony Dejak – Associated Press
After a tough loss to the Dallas Mavericks just last night, the Nuggets are back in action as they welcome LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Mile High City.
Where: Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
When: 8:30 p.m. MST
Watch/Listen: ESPN – Altitude Sports – Altitude Sports Radio AM 950
The Nuggets will have to have a short memory after suffering a 118-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks just last night. Before last nights game, the Nuggets seemed primed for a 3-0 road trip with a big victory over the Cavaliers sandwich in between, but that wouldn’t be the case. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray were benched in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets defense allowed the Mavericks to run wild all game. Even with the tough loss, the Nuggets are still in eighth place in the West as the Clippers weren’t able to take advantage and lost to the streaking Pelicans. With a record of 35-29, the Nuggets are just a half game ahead of the Clippers and are just a game ahead of the Jazz for the 10th spot in the West.
Every game counts this late in the season and the Nuggets will need to rebound against the Cavs if they want to keep pace in the Western Conference. The Nuggets had their way with the Cavs just four days ago as they went into Cleveland and came away with a 126-117 victory. Gary Harris dropped 32 in that game and as a team the Nuggets made 19 three-pointers to help propel them to victory. The Nuggets will need to replicate that performance Wednesday at Pepsi Center if they want another solid result against one of the NBA’s best teams.
The Cavaliers come into Denver with a record of 37-26, which is good for third place in the East. Cleveland’s just 2-3 in their last five games and are coming off a game in which LeBron James was able to rest the entire fourth quarter as the Cavs blew out the Pistons. James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and nine assists per game so far this season. In the two teams matchup last Saturday, James went for 25-15-10 and recorded his 13th triple-double of the season.
The rotation the Nuggets use against the Cavs will be something to watch as Michael Malone called out his team for effort yet again after the tough loss in Dallas on Tuesday night.
Michael Malone in his postgame:
"Effort and care; those things should never have to be talked about this time of year."
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) March 7, 2018
The benching of Jokic may have been warranted for his defensive effort, but it’s never a good sign when the teams best player is being benched in an important game. It’ll be interesting to see how Jokic bounces back and if he’s able to help the Nuggets pick up a big victory over one of the NBA’s best teams on Wednesday night.