The Nuggets fell to the teams they were expected to beat deliciously. First they lose Philadelphia 76ers without the stars Embiid and Simmons and then Orlando Magic last week. That is Magic’s only win in the last 11 matches.
Now, they face off against the Zion-less Pelicans. New Orleans is second on the final score (-6.8) in the Western Conference with only the Oklahoma City Thunder following them.
Pelicans, despite being 5-5 in their last 10 games. This includes two wins over the LA Clippers, and wins over Utah, Washington and Dallas. Those are quality competitors. Of course, to mud the water a bit, they lost to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. During that time, the Pelicans have cut that point spread to (-3.7), scoring 105.9 points per game and holding their opponents to 109.6.
The Nuggets noticed a major incident that Zion Williamson was slowly healing an injured foot. Next time the Nuggets face the Pelicans in New Orleans in late January, Zion will most likely return.
Last season, the Nuggets beat the Pelicans two-thirds of the way. Zion played in every game. They were all tight, with two decided by five points and the final meeting ultimately decided by two points.
The Pelicans have two picks previously in the Top 5 that provide the star-studded shine missing in Zion’s absence.
Striker Brandom Ingram, All-Star in his first year with the 2019-2020 Pelicans, is averaging 22.9 points per game, ranking 16th in the NBA.
Center Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.5 points/game. His most impressive stats, however, are his combination of 12.0 rebounds per game, which puts him fourth in the NBA, along with a fourth-place finish with 46.2% shooting from three-point range (30). -65)
Although the Nuggets beat some quality opponents with Nikola Jokic In the lineup, they shouldn’t be expected to win all, or even as much, as last year. The wounds were crippling, and that difference had to be acknowledged.
However, to keep their spirits up, they had to beat the lowest of the lowest. At 2-2 on a seven-game trip so far, this would put them back on the winning side of the ledger. Up to present this year,
The Nuggets’ recent struggles coming to a close at halftime have been captured in full in Mike Singer’s post-match article and resolution of the coaching staff and the team. However, how Coach Mike Malone Can help resolve them still being seen?
The biggest problem is that the team is difficult to play without Jokic on the field. They lost every game he missed. And, in the game against the Chicago Bulls, the bench only scored 5 points until the final few minutes.
Based on WynnBET he Nuggets is just a -2 favorite. Over/under is 213.5.
Tonight we’ll find out if the Nuggs can take on the business, beating a team they were supposed to beat.
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