|Game 38: 2014-15 NBA Season|
|January 14th, 2015|
|Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
|7:00 PM MT|
|Altitude / 950 AM
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JaVale McGee - out (leg), Randy Foye - out (quad), Danilo Gallinari - out (knee), Wilson Chandler - Questionable (Knee)
|The Mavs have the 2nd best offense in The Association averaging 108.8 points per game
Jusuf Nurkic ranks in the top 10 among rookies in points, rebounds, and blocks per game.
The well rested Nuggets have had four days between games. The Dallas Mavericks flew into Denver last night from Sacramento after securing an ugly overtime victory over the Kings. Dallas had lost two in a row prior to yesterday's win. Can the Nuggets take advantage of a vulnerable Mavericks team?
Tonight should be a showcase game for the coaching abilities of Brian Shaw. The Nuggets' next two games are against the same opponent and they have had ample time to develop a strategy to counter the Dallas strengths and attack their weaknesses.
I am most excited to see Jusuf Nurkic defend against Tyson Chandler. Chandler is great off the pick and roll and is an excellent rim runner. Nurkic will have his hands full, but all I want are a couple flashes of defensive brilliance to keep my pie in the sky hopes for the talented rookie as inflated as possible. The "Bosnian Beast" has averaged 12.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game during the Nuggets' current four-game winning streak.
The inconsistencies of this Nuggets team from a scheme and tempo standpoint have been frustrating and reflect poorly on Coach Shaw. The team appears to be hitting a stride in the midst of transition and uncertainty regarding roster movement. If Shaw is able to keep his team focused despite perpetual trade rumors and implement an effective game plan against the Mavs, this winning streak could reach 6 games by this weekend!