What a night it was yesterday at the Pepsi Center. The struggling Denver Nuggets took on the best team in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers, and beat them 109-96. This was not the result that most Nuggets fans saw coming, but it is huge for the team. A win over the Pacers gives fans some hope, and it helps ease the pain of the rough patch the Nuggets have hit. We have seen the inconsistencies from this team all year, but it appears that the Nuggets could be heading for another up swing. Now, the Nuggs will take on the lowly Kings on the road, and another win is very much possible.
Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 25 points last night. Chandler finally showed the potential that fans knew he has had all year, and if he can keep it up, the Nuggets can score with anyone in the league. The Nuggets will need another good game out of Kenneth Faried, since he was a major contributor in the win against the Pacers. Faried’s energy and rebounding is key for the Nuggets, and his solid play of late is an indication that he is ready to turn his season around.
Demarcus Cousins is going to be a problem tonight. He leads the Kings in 4 of the 5 major stat categories, and he is obviously going to be a handful. Cousins is scoring 22 points per game and is grabbing 11 boards a night. The Nuggets bigs will need to figure out a way to stop him as the Kings run most of their offense around him. However, he is not guaranteed play tonight, and either is there other star Rudy Gay. Both players are listed as day-to-day, but their status for tonight’s game is up in the air.
The Nuggets have issues all year long with dealing with teams that are under .500. Tonight’s game makes me nervous, but the Nuggs should win. What freaks me out the most is that the Nuggets might be fatigued, but regardless this is a game that they need to win. It will get them back over the .500 mark, and it will be a great way to end the week. If Cousins and Gay are out, look for the Nuggets to cruise to another victory. With or without them, I am predicting a Nuggets win by a score of 115-101. Be sure to check in for game updates, and follow along on twitter @Nugg_Love.