Denver Nuggets Vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game-Preview

Dec 1, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) drives the ball to the basket with Toronto Raptors power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) defending in the first quarter of a game at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the Denver Nuggets will take on the New Orleans Pelicans at home. Denver comes into this game after a disappointing loss to a poor Utah Jazz team, and NOLA comes in riding a two game win streak. The Nuggets and Pelicans match up great on paper, and this one could be a thriller. The Nuggets could use the win to get rid of the bad taste of Friday night’s loss, but it could be a challenge against an improved Pelicans team.

If the Nuggets want to win this one, Ty Lawson is going to have to step up. He returned to action Friday, but was unable to score. Since it was his first game back, he deserves the benefit of the doubt, but the Nuggets cannot afford many games like that from Lawson. Lawson is the leader, and best player on the Nuggets, and it is key for him to get back to his old-self to help the Nuggs start winning some games.

The Pelicans are a young team on the rise, and will likely give the Nuggets some trouble. Ryan Anderson leads the team in points per game with 21, and Anthony Davis is right behind him with 18. Davis is going to cause some major issues for the Nuggets as he is animal on the boards and on defense. However, Kenneth Faried should be able to limit him and keep him off the glass.

The match-up that I am most looking forward to in this game is Ty Lawson against Jrue Holiday. The two point-guards were drafted in the same year and play almost exactly the same. Lawson is averaging 19 and 8 while Holiday is averaging 15 and 8. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch the two guards go head to head, but the hope is that Lawson is over his hammy injury.

This game is most likely going to come down to the wire, but I see the Nuggets coming out with the win. My score prediction is 101-95. I see Ty Lawson bouncing back and having a big game. Also, I believe that Jordan Hamilton will continue to surge off the bench and make an impact for the Nuggets. Follow along with us during the game on twitter @Nugg_Love, and on our live-game thread. Tip off is 7:00 p.m.

Topics: Denver Nuggets

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