Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) defends New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 127-114. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver will battle New York at Madison Square Garden
With the Denver Nuggets coming off a loss in Atlanta, they will take on a Knicks team who is in dissaray.
While it looks as if the Nuggets should win this game on paper, they must beware since this could easily be a trap game.
After the incident involving Charles Oakley, it would not be surprising to see the Knicks crowd bringing the noise with a fire lit underneath them.
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If the Knicks get going early, they will feed off this energy in the first half and carry on the momentum.
This could spell trouble for Denver if they are not able to slow down Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, the Nuggets will have an up hill battle. They will be without Danilo Gallinari which means Wilson Chandler will have his work cut out for him.
If he can step up like he has been as of late, then Denver will have a good chance.
Feb 7, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1) scores against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during second half at Madison Square Garden. The Denver Nuggets defeated the New York Knicks 101-96. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
The Battle of the Euros
The debate about who has been better between Jokic and Porzingis has been a hot topic this season.
We will get to see who comes out on top in this game’s match-up. Both players can stretch the floor, are young euros, and have bright futures.
Dec 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) warms up before action against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Denver’s deep bench
The Nuggets have been short-handed lately. Emmanuel Mudiay has been battling back spasms and they have missed Gallinari’s production contrary to popular belief.
On top of it, Faried went down with an ankle injury in the game in Atlanta the other night. As a result, this leaves the door open for the Nuggets to showcase their depth.
Look for guys like Darrell Arthur, Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez, and even Malik Beasley to be involved in the game plan more than usual. Denver’s bench is one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. Believe it or not, but the Nuggets have a very deep bench.
Denver should have the advantage in this department considering the Knicks have one of the thinnest second units in the league.