Coming off a 111-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Denver Wednesday night in which the Nuggets were led by Timofey Mozgov’s 23 points and 9 rebounds, the Nuggets have won 3 of their last 4 since beginning the season with 3 straight losses. According to Barrys Tickets, they are one of the weaker teams in the Western Conference so it’ll be great if the T-wolves can take advantage and pull out the W.
The Nuggets have some strange journeyman pieces sprinkled in amongst their youthful ones which should lean towards developing experience as the season goes on. Evan Fournier was Denver’s 20th overall selection in the 2012 draft, showed promise after the all-star break and is currently splitting time in a platoon with veteran hired guns, Randy Foye and Nate Robinson.
Nuggets probable starting lineup:
PG Ty Lawson
SF Randy Foye
SF Jordan Hamilton
PF Kenneth Faried
C JJ Hickson
But every player this side of Ty Lawson is also in a platoon at their position — starters Faried and Hickson average under 25 minutes a night and the lip service toward investing in JaVale McGee seemed to be just that, as McGee was averaging just 16 minutes a night before getting injured this week.
The tibia injury to JaVale McGee could give rookie coach Brian Shaw a reason to play Faried more than his 24 minutes a night.
The Nuggets come in to Friday 13th in the league in scoring, at 100.4 points a game with Ty Lawson leading the way at over 21 a night. The Nuggets are 18th in points allowed, giving up 100. 9 a contest. They are 2nd in rebounds per game with just under 48 a night with Kenneth Faried doing the bulk of the lifting, at just over 9 a night.
Wilson Chandler made his season debut against the Laker after missing the first six games of the season with a hamstring injury. Wilson shot 4 of 7 from 3 and finished with 12 points. Until Danilo Gallinari returns, Wilson and Hamilton will be getting big minutes as this Denver team sports more point guards and combo guards than most (insert dumb David Kahn joke here).
Timofey Mozgov, Darrel Arthur and Anthony Randolph should all see time against Minnesota’s front line.
Wolves’ probable starting lineup:
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Kevin Martin
SF Corey Brewer
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
Kevin Martin practiced Thursday and is expected to play tonight. He could be limited after suffering a bout with the flu, but hopefully all of Minnesota’s starters are limited (for blowout reasons). In the middle of a stretch that find the Wolves playing 5 games in 7 nights, it would be nice to get as much rest for the starters as possible.