Thursday, December 26, 2019
The Denver Nuggets are currently on their longest winning streak on the season, looking to grab their eighth straight victory tonight. They will hope to do that against the New Orleans Pelicans in their first of three straight games at the Pepsi Center. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are coming off a 102-94 win against the Portland Trail Blazers, hoping to grab a second straight win.
This matchup tonight will mark the second of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season. October 31 was the last time they saw each other as the Pelicans defeated the Nuggets, 122-107. During that game, Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot. Michael Porter finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and one assist.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Nuggets and the Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 64 times in the past as the Nuggets grabbed 37 wins while the Pelicans were limited to 27 victories.
New Orleans Pelicans:
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.1 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Nicolo Melli (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 24.1 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-PJ Dozier (G-League)
The New Orleans Pelicans would have a slight upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field while the Colorado team shot forty-two percent. J.J. Redick dropped 15 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Former Lakers’ forward Brandon Ingram helped out with 14 points which included two three-pointers, as well.
Ingram also had five defensive rebounds while Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors combined for 12 points. Lonzo Ball was kept scoreless but managed to pull down two defensive rebounds. Josh Hart played ten minutes off the bench as he chalked up ten points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.
On the other end of the court, Malik Beasley dropped 11 points off the bench which included 3 three-pointers. Gary Harris contributed with ten points while recording a rebound and three steals. Nikola Jokic had nine points to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Jamal Murray was held to just four points as he finished with eight points altogether. Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he scored 12 points but it was the Pelicans who went into halftime with a 57-45 advantage.
The Louisiana team would close things out in the second half behind Ingram’s 17 points. Holiday and Ball combined for 22 points while E’Twawn Moore drilled a three-pointer off the bench. Jokic chalked up 14 points for the Nuggets but it was the Pelicans who came away with an 112-100 victory. Brandon Ingram finished the game with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Nikola Jokic settled for 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
The New Orleans Pelicans will host Domantas Sabonis (17.8 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 50.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (21-10) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will play each other during this season.
The Denver Nuggets will host Ja Morant (18.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (11-20) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that they will see each other this season. The last time they played each other was on November 17 as the Grizzlies fell to the Nuggets, 131-114. Jamal Murray finished that game with 39 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 22 points and 5 rebounds.