November 25, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) drives to the basket during the second half against the New Orleans Hornets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 102-84. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets - Hornets Preview

The Denver Nuggets (29-18) are looking for their 20th home victory this season against the New Orleans Hornets (soon to be the Pelicans)(15-31).

The Nuggets seem to have been playing their best basketball this season at home, with a home record of 19-3. They finished the month of January with a record of 12-3 and riding the month out on a five-game winning streak. Danilo Gallinari has led the Nuggets all month, averaging 19.3 points per game in the month.

 

January 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) drives to the basket during the second half against the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-110. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

When Denver wins, Gallo is scoring 18.4 points per win and when they lose, he’s only averaging 14.7 points per loss. It’s safe to say that he plays a big role in their success on the court.  Point guard Ty Lawson has also been playing at a high level this month. After battling back from an ankle injury, Lawson averaged 17.9 points and 6.4 assists for the month. The Nuggets are hoping they stay just as hot in February.

For the Hornets, Eric Gordon has been a spark and should be back in the lineup Friday night. In January, he averaged 16.9 points per game. Ryan Anderson has also been playing well off the bench this month, averaging 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this month after not starting a single game. Rookie Anthony Davis is adding 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in January as well. After losing four out of the last five, the Hornets are hoping to get back on track in February.

Matchup to Watch: Danilo Gallinari vs. Eric Gordon

These two guards are leading their teams respectively in scoring. It should be fun to watch these two go at it all night. Gordon is shooting .412 percent from the field this month while Gallinari is shooting .469 percent.

Tipoff is set for 9:00 PM EST (7:00 PM MST) at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Tags: Anthony Davis Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets Eric Gordon New Orleans Hornets Ryan Anderson Ty Lawson

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