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This Sunday, the (47-23) Denver Nuggets will travel to Brooklyn, NY to take on the (39-31) Brooklyn Nets. Tipoff will be at 3:30 PM EST inside the Barclays Center. This will be the second meeting between these two teams this regular season, as the Nets won the last battle, 122-120.
The Denver Nuggets are entering this game after taking down the Detroit Pistons and battling with the New York Knicks on Saturday afternoon. They have continued to struggle on the defensive end of the court, as they will have to get more stops if they want to challenge the Nets on the road.
The Brooklyn Nets are coming into this one after falling to the Sacramento Kings, 101-96. They struggled on the offensive end of the court, as they will have to heat up from the field if they want to take care of business at home.
This game was written/published before last night's results.
The Denver Nuggets are currently in first place in the Western Conference standings, as they have a 4.5-game lead over the Sacramento Kings. They are also (5-5) in their last 10 games played. On offense, they are scoring 116.9 points per game and they have shot 50.8% from the floor. This is the seventh most points scored per contest and the highest team shooting percentage. According to dunksandthrees.com, the Nuggets have the second-highest adjusted offensive rating in the NBA. Nikola Jokic continues to lead the way on the offensive end of the court, as he is averaging 24.8 points per game on 63.3% shooting from the field. Denver has also shown that they can make it rain from behind the arc, as they are shooting 38.7% from deep. This is the second-highest three-point shooting percentage, as they can score anywhere on the floor. Unfortunately, they have struggled at the charity stripe, though. Denver has only made 75.3% of their shots at th e line, which is the 24th-highest free-throw percentage in the league.
On the defensive end of the court, the Nuggets are allowing 113 points per game and their opponents have shot 48.1% from the floor. This is the 13th most points surrendered per game and the 23rd-highest shooting percentage allowed. According to dunksandthrees.com, Denver has the 19th-lowest adjusted defensive rating in the NBA. They've struggled to contest shots near the rim, but their perimeter defense has saved them at different times this season. They are forcing their opponents to shoot 35% from behind the arc, which is the sixth-lowest three-point percentage allowed. The Denver Nuggets are also averaging 43 rebounds per game, which is the 17th most.
Injury Report: Zeke Nnaji PF (Shoulder) is probable.
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