The Denver Nuggets, in an attempt to remove the horrible taste in their mouths after their blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns two nights ago, will take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. The Pelicans will also be looking to have a bounce-back game after losing to the New York Knicks on Sunday, 87-95, despite a dominant performance from Anthony Davis in which he scored 36 points, brought down 11 rebounds and had 4 blocks.
Like the Nuggets, the Pelicans have also been plagued by injuries through the early season. Tyreke Evans, Norris Cole and Quincy Pondexter have yet to play in a game with various injuries, while Omer Asik, Jrue Holiday, Kendrick Perkins and Davis have been forced to sit out multiple games with injuries of their own. They won't get any sympathy from the Nuggets, however, as Denver has been without Joffrey Lauvergne, Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler throughout the majority of the season.
The injury storyline has been an unfortunate one for the Pelicans, as they were expected to improve in the standings this season after barely making the playoffs in 2015. Playing without multiple key players has not allowed them to get off to a great start, however, and their current record sits at 1-9 with their lone win coming against the Dallas Mavericks. The Nuggets will have to bounce back on the road against a team that is starving for a win, and with Davis back in the lineup after missing two games with a bruised hip and averaging 25.5 points and 9.3 rebounds, it won't be easy.
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New Orleans Pelicans
Alexis Ajinca, Toney Douglas, Ish Smith, Ryan Anderson, Dante Cunningham, Jimmer Fredette, Luke Babbit
Jameer Nelson, Darrell Arthur, Kostas Papanikolaou
Will Barton, Nikola Jokic, Randy Foye, Mike Miller
Injured Players: Joffrey Lauvergne, back (out), Jusuf Nurkic, knee (out), Wilson Chandler, hip (out), Kenneth Faried, back (questionable), Will Barton, shoulder (probable), Jameer Nelson, SI joint (probable), Darrell Arthur, sinus infection (questionable), Kendrick Perkins, pectoral (out), Tyreke Evans, knee (out), Norris Cole, ankle (out), Quincy Pondexter, knee (out)