Nuggets vs Mavs:
"Omicron marches on; the sequel"
I don't even know where to begin. Denver travels to Dallas for a B2b set in the OTHER D-town, to square off with top-three player in the whole of the NBA, Luka Dončić, and his supporting cast of Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr, Christian Wood and the Mavericks.
The Nuggets will be without three of their core-four (Jokic/Murray out with COVID / AG out with some illness which is seemingly worse) and are coming off a second half meltdown at home, which allowed the rudderless Knicks to win in Denver for the first time in 16 years.
The starting unit for Denver will be all bench + MPJ, but nobody on the team has shown any proficiency in finding him on offense apart from Jokic/Murray, so his lack of on-ball creation mitigates most of his sizeable offensive threat, in their absence.
The most likely five that Moach will go with are Brown/KCP/MPJ/Unc/DJ, with Bones/Braun/Cancar/Zeke backing them up.
There is no way in hell I'd predict anything but a massive loss for each of the next two games for the good guys, so at least I won't likely have to bother with a pregame thoughts section for the latter of the two. I do expect Denver to put forth effort in the first half tonight, only to succumb to the talent discrepancy in the second half. From there, game two should be a cakewalk for the Mavs.
Luka is the league's best 1st quarter player so if Denver has any delusions of grandeur, they must start with curtailing the Doncic-damage from the get-go.
Tonight, Denver comes up short, 111-127.