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Blazers vs. Nuggets Preview: Deja Vu All Over Again

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Your Denver Nuggets have another home-and-away (ok, away-and-home) against another solid-looking Western Conference foe. Can they flip the script this time with a little home cooking and break a five-game losing streak?

Hopefully a less hair-raising game in the rematch
Hopefully a less hair-raising game in the rematch
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Game 54: 2014-15 NBA Season
Denver Nuggets (2009 - Pres)
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Denver Nuggets (2009 - Pres)

5-3 (0-2 on road)
Series 1-0
1-5 (1-2 at home)
Nov. 12, 2014
Pepsi Center - Denver, Colorado
7:00 PM MT
Altitude / 950 AM

Damian Lillard PG Ty Lawson
Wesley Matthews SG Arron Afflalo

Nicolas Batum
SF Wilson Chandler
LaMarcus Aldridge PF Kenneth Faried
Robin Lopez C Timofey Mozgov
Notes

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Nicolas Batum - Questionable (sore knee) Injuries Ty Lawson - Probable (sore ankle), Nate Robinson - Probable (strained hamstring)

Portland won it's first Finals appearance, in 1977. When were their other two appearances?

Etc...

The Nuggets are off to their worst six-game start since the 1998-1999 season.

The Portland Trail Blazers bring their losing road record (0-2) to the Pepsi Center tonight, facing a struggling Denver Nuggets squad, losers of their last five games in a row. Something's gotta give between those two streaks, and Nuggets Nation is hoping to give Portland a taste of its own medicine after dropping a 116-100 decision to the Blazers Sunday night.

The Trail Blazers faced the Charlotte Hornets in Portland on Tuesday night, a narrow 102-100 win for the Blazers, after Charlotte's last second layup to tie it was called off upon review.

As mentioned briefly above, The Nuggets 1-5 start matches their worst six-game opening in the last 15 years (with some pretty woeful teams along the way in that span), and theories abound as to all the reasons for the team's slow start. With a win firmly on the team's mind, what might be a few keys to getting over that hump?

A fast start - The Nuggets have come out of the gates very slowly in each of their first six games, but there were signs of life in the last game against Portland. Even so, Denver was still down by nine points by the end of the first quarter. With as tough a time as Denver has had climbing out of some deep holes this season, a fast start against Portland will be key to securing a Nuggets victory, especially with the Trail Blazers coming off a back-to-back.

Corral the foul - The Nuggets have cut back on their fouling over the last two games to 22 per (down from 47 and 50 the two games prior), and still have room to get those numbers further under control.

Find what works, and stick with it - Well covered of late on Denver Stiffs (especially this great piece by Dontae Delgado), but Brian Shaw seems to still be searching for player combinations that work. Though he's not stuck by his "10-man rotation" he'd touted in the pre-season, one could argue that the troubling play of his starting five may have forced his hand a bit in that regard.

Another hump day, another hump to get over, Nuggets Nation. What are your keys to getting Denver out of their recent slide tonight?