It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood in the Big Apple between a pair of teams looking to earn a victory. The Denver Nuggets are on the road as they travel cross-country to face the Brooklyn Nets Sunday afternoon. Denver was knocked off 108-95 on the road by Boston Friday night in their last game. Brooklyn earned their second straight win as they defeated Charlotte 111-104 on the road Friday night in their last contest. The Nuggets own a 50-41 advantage in the all-time regular season series, including a 101-93 home win in the first matchup this season on November 14.
Denver Nuggets Look to Bounce Back to Win ColumnDenver lost for the third time in four games as they were upended by Boston in their last contest in the second game of a back to back. The Nuggets entered Saturday holding a three-game lead over the Jazz in the Northwest Division race. Denver never led Friday night as Boston jumped on the tired visitors from the opening tip. The Nuggets trailed by seven after the opening quarter and by eight at the half before getting outscored 32-19 in the third to put the game out of reach. Denver shot 41.5 percent from the field, including five of 30 from three-point range, while allowing Boston to shoot 53.7 percent in the contest. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
The shot to hit the mark. pic.twitter.com/EipQa88t4z— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 7, 2019
The Nuggets enter this contest 22nd in the league by averaging 106.7 points per game on the year. Denver is 7th in rebounding by collecting 46.7 boards per night and 5th in assists by dishing out 26.1 dimes a night. The Nuggets are 1st in the league in scoring defense as they allow 101.8 points per contest this season. Jamal Murray leads the team with 18.1 points plus 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest this season. Nikola Jokic contributes 15.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists a night. Will Barton (14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds), Gary Harris (10.7 points), Paul Millsap (13.3 points) and Malik Beasley are solid contributors. Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris and Juan Hernangomez are key bench pieces for Mike Malone’s group. Denver is tied for 18th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.9 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Nuggets are 24th in the league in threes per game as they knock 10.5 triples per contest while the team is 22nd in three-point shooting by hitting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Brooklyn Nets Try to Continue Momentum Without IrvingBrooklyn won their second straight and their eighth in their last 11 games as they downed the Hornets on the road Friday night. The Nets entered Saturday fourth in the Atlantic Division, 4.5 games behind the Celtics. Brooklyn led by three after the first quarter and by two at the half Friday night. The game was tied with 34.4 seconds to play in the third quarter before the Nets went on a 14-0 run, holding the Hornets scoreless for the first five-plus minutes in the fourth quarter to take control. Brooklyn’s lead didn’t drop below seven the rest of the way. The Nets shot 47.7 percent from the field, including 15 of 38 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 49-34. Joe Harris led Brooklyn with 22 points in the win.
DeAndre dimes. Taurean dunks. Nets 𝘸𝘪𝘯.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 7, 2019
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The Nets enter this contest 11th in the league by averaging 113 points per game on the year. Brooklyn is sixth in the league in rebounding by pulling down 47.2 boards a night while they are 14th by dishing out 24.4 assists per game. The Nets are a dismal 20th in scoring defense as they allow 113.4 points per game this year. Kyrie Irving leads the team with 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists a night on the season. Caris LeVert chips in 16.8 points per contest while Spencer Dinwiddie contributes 20.5 points and 6.1 assists a game. Joe Harris (14.9 points) and Taurean Prince (13.6 points, six rebounds) are solid contributors while Jarrett Allen (12 points, 10.5 rebounds) is starting to wrest time away from DeAndre Jordan. Brooklyn is tied for 16th in field goal percentage by shooting 45.3 percent from the field as a team this season. The Nets are 6th in threes per game by knocking down 13.3 triples per contest while ranking tied for 16th in the league by hitting 35.4percent from beyond the arc on the year. LeVert is out after thumb surgery. He has shed his cast and is getting ready to start his rehab process. Irving is dealing with a shoulder impingement that has cost him the last 11 games: he has no timetable for return and won’t play here.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Nuggets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Nuggets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game