As my colleague Jeff Morton wrote about on Saturday afternoon, our Denver Nuggets have actually been in the role of "historic streak breaker" before. Of course the last time this happened was 19 years ago when the eventual NBA Champion / 72-win Chicago Bulls stormed into Denver riding an 18-game winning streak and our Nuggets (barely) bested them 105-99 at the old McNichols Arena. At the time, the NBA punditry universe was convinced that that Bulls team was marching towards matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers record of 33 consecutive wins, but the Nuggets were able to pull off a gutty win and end the mighty Bulls streak at 18.
On Sunday night, the current NBA Champion (and possible 72-win) Golden State Warriors come into Denver riding an impressive winning streak of their own. At 14-0, the Warriors have already tied the record for the second-best start to an NBA season in league history and are just one win shy of tying the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and the 1948-49 Washington Capitols who each set the record with 15 straight opening season wins. Should the Warriors beat our Nuggets Sunday night in Denver, they have a great shot at going 20-0 before facing the tough Raptors in Toronto on December 5th.
But while a victory over the Warriors Sunday would be THE signature victory for the Nuggets this season, the truth is the 2015-16 Nuggets will have to play almost flawlessly to pull it off. The 2015-16 Warriors just might be better than the 2014-15 edition that won an astounding 67 games and the NBA Championship whereas the 2015-16 Nuggets continue to struggle at home, evident by Friday's disappointing performance against the mediocre Phoenix Suns.
|Golden State Warriors||Denver Nuggets||Advantage|
|PG||Stephen Curry||Emmanuel Mudiay||Warriors|
|SG||Klay Thompson||Gary Harris||Warriors|
|SF||Harrison Barnes||Danilo Gallinari||Nuggets|
|PF||Draymond Green||Kenneth Faried||Warriors|
|C||Andrew Bogut||Nikola Jokic||Warriors|
|Bench||Andre Iguodala, Festus Ezeli, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, James Michael McAdoo, Ian Clark, Marreese Speights, Jason Thompson, Brandon Rush, Kevon Looney||
Jameer Nelson, Darrell Arthur, Kostas Papanikolaou, Will Barton, J.J. Hickson, Randy Foye, Mike Miller