Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets (-1, 199.5)
The Denver Nuggets have lost back-to-back games after a nine-game winning streak and are an injury ravaged squad heading into Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nuggets were without starters Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala and reserve Wilson Chandler in Tuesday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors and the trio could again be sidelined against the Nets. Brooklyn will be without point guard Deron Williams, who is dealing with severe ankle inflammation.
The Nets notched an 89-84 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday despite Williams sitting out. Brooklyn is hoping the upcoming All-Star break will give Williams enough rest to resume playing immediately after the break. Iguodala is sidelined with an ankle injury, Gallinari has a sinus infection and Chandler has a groin injury. To make matters worse, reserve JaVale McGee left with a leg injury in the second half against Toronto and his status is also in doubt. The Nuggets are concluding a four-game road trip and are just 11-17 away from home.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), YES (Brooklyn)
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (33-20, 32-21-0 ATS): Point guard Ty Lawson was the key offensive cog in the loss to Toronto and had 29 points and nine assists for the second consecutive outing. Lawson will again be expected to take a lot of shots – he took 20 against the Raptors – if Denver is again missing several key players. Power forward Kenneth Faried had 15 points and 11 rebounds against Toronto for his fourth double-double in five games. The injuries forced rarely used guard Evan Fournier to make his first career start. He had six points in 18 minutes.
ABOUT THE NETS (30-22, 23-26-3 ATS): Brooklyn committed just 11 turnovers in the overtime win over the Pacers despite being without Williams. Rookie Tyshawn Taylor helped pick up the slack with a season-best 12 points and committed only two turnovers in 34-plus minutes. Center Brook Lopez led the way with 25 points. “It was great,” Lopez said afterwards of the performance. “It was a complete team game from top to bottom.” Brooklyn is 3 1/2 games behind the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division race.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last six vs. NBA Atlantic.
* Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last four vs. Western Conference.
* Over is 15-3 in Nuggets last 18 overall.
1. Denver has won eight of the past 10 meetings.
2. The Nuggets have scored 100 or more points in 12 consecutive games.
3. Nets F Reggie Evans had 22 rebounds against Indiana for his third 20-rebound outing of the season.