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Preview: Denver Nuggets look to defend home court against Charlotte Hornets

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Will the Nuggets play down to the competition again

New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 5 Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

The Denver Nuggets have the best record in the league against team with winning records. Unfortunately, half of their losses have come against teams who make up the bottom third of the standings. Wins against teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers are tempered by losses to teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. Tonight Denver has another underperforming team to deal with: the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets are in rebuilding mode after being unable to keep star point guard Kemba Walker on their roster during the off-season. Walker now plays in Boston while former Celtic backup Terry Rozier is now running the office in Charlotte. The rest of their roster is made up of young players who still need a bit more seasoning and some so-so vets. Guys like Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham and P.J. Washington are nice pieces but when paired with Rozier and a mishmash of other veterans it hasn’t translated to success.

The Basics

Who: Charlotte Hornets (15-28) at Denver Nuggets (27-12)

When: 7:00 PM MST

Where: The Can. Denver, CO

How to watch/listen: Altitude TV and KKSE Altitude Radio 92.5FM

Rival blog: At the Hive

Projected Matchups

Position Denver Nuggets Utah Jazz Advantage
Position Denver Nuggets Utah Jazz Advantage
PG Monte Morris Mike Conley Jazz
SG Torrey Craig Donovan Mitchell Jazz
SF Michael Porter Jr. Royce O'Neale Nuggets
PF Paul Millsap Joe Ingles Even
C Nikola Jokic Rudy Gobert Nuggets
Bench PJ Dozier, Keita Bates-Diop, Jerami Grant, Bol Bol, Mason Plumlee Emmanuel Mudiay, Jordan Clarkson, Georges Niang, Tony Bradley Even

Injured Players: Jamal Murray - questionable (back), Gary Harris - questionable (adductor), Paul Millsap - out (knee), Bol Bol - out (foot)