Bobcats at Nuggets
9 p.m., Pepsi Center
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||18.8||3.2||G, T. Lawson||14.5||2.6|
|G, G. Henderson||12.9||3.6||G, A. Iguodala||13.8||5.5|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||11.0||6.4||F, D. Gallinari||16.1||5.8|
|F, B. Mullens||11.9||7.7||F, K. Faried||12.3||10.0|
|C, B. Biyombo||4.7||6.4||C, K. Koufos||6.8||6.3|
Matchup to Watch
Ty Lawson vs. Kemba Walker: Maybe no other NBA player can go baseline-to-baseline off the dribble faster than Lawson. Walker is plenty quick, too, but getting back on defense in this one will be crucial.
• The Nuggets are better than their 14-13 record suggests, in that they have already played 19 road games, nearly half their total for the season.
• Center JaVale McGee, acquired from the Washington Wizards for Nene, is playing off the bench for the Nuggets.
• The Nuggets ended up with Andre Iguodala in the mega-trade that sent Dwight Howard from Orlando to the Los Angeles Lakers. Iguodala is expensive, but he sets a defensive agenda, which the Nuggets need.
• Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap was a Nuggets assistant for two seasons under George Karl, coming over from Metro State, a Denver-based college.
• The Nuggets missed all 22 of their 3-point attempts Thursday in Portland. That figures to change Saturday, with the Bobcats playing the third-worst 3-point defense in the league at 38.4 percent.
• Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, averaging a double-double, became the hidden gem of the 2011 draft.
Did you know?
Since the start of the 2009-10 season, NBA teams playing in Denver in the second game of back-to-back nights are 7-38. Rick Bonnell