The second night of back-to-backs are always the toughest, especially when they’re on the road.
Sunday afternoon against the Boston Celtics was not the Denver Nuggets finest moment this season. A game the Nuggets seemed to have well in hand quickly slipped away from them in the second half as they allowed Boston to close the game on a 40-8 run.
Denver scored just eight points in the fourth quarter, which is not a recipe for success when you’re looking for your ninth consecutive victory. Nonetheless, the Nuggets have still won 17 of their last 21 games and have grown into one of the best teams in the NBA.
The Nuggets will look to get back on track tonight when they head to Golden State to face the Warriors, who is a team desperate for a victory to stay alive in the Western Conference playoff race.
When: 8:00 PM MDT
Where: Chase Center
How to Watch: ESPN. Altitude Sports and Entertainment and you’re one of the lucky that has Direct TV and you can always listen at Altitude 92.5 FM on your radio dial.
Injury Report: Jamal Murray (right knee soreness) QUESTIONABLE but hopefully will play, Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist) OUT, Klay Thompson (achilles) OUT, Eric Paschall (left hip flexor strain) OUT, James Wiseman (knee) OUT
What to watch for:
How do the Nuggets bounce back on the second night of a back-to-back?
It’s never easy to play back-to-backs in the NBA, but luckily for the Nuggets they have more time to prepare for this one. Considering the Nuggets game began at 1pm on Sunday and their game won’t start till 8pm on Monday night allowed them to get more rest than they usually do for a back-to-back.
The Warriors are a team that needs to win to stay alive in the playoff picture, while the Nuggets are firmly in the top tier of the Western Conference standings. One thing that’s for sure is the Nuggets are on a roll and no matter how desperate Golden State is for a victory it will be difficult to get one at the Nuggets expense.
Will Jamal Murray play?
Murray has missed the Nuggets last three games due to right knee soreness and will hopefully be back in the lineup on Monday night. Murray has been listed as questionable in each of the Nuggets last three games, but has been ruled out about an hour or so before all of them. Denver is 2-1 without Murray in the lineup, but the Nuggets could certainly use his help on the second night of a back-to-back on the road.
Not only would it help the starting lineup to have Murray back, but it would also help the bench unit. The Nuggets have staggered Murray a lot with the bench unit this season, but haven’t been able to the past three games and the second unit has struggled because of it. Hopefully all is well and Murray can return to fix that issue before it becomes a bigger problem.
Prediction: Nuggets get back on track winning 120-113