The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last ten games, hoping to show some improvement as they visit Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are coming off of a nail-biting 104-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, looking for their second straight win. This game will mark the second and final time that the Knicks and the Nuggets will battle each other this season.
The Knicks and the Nuggets have clashed with each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Knicks won 44 games while the Nuggets won 43 games. October 30 was the last time these two ball clubs met up as the Knicks snuck away with a 116 to 110 victory. During that game, Kristaps Porzingis scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.
New York Knicks:
Kyle O’Quinn (calf; 6.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 59.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Tim Hardaway (18.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)
Joakim Noah (personal; 1.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Juan Hernangomez (3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
The Denver Nuggets will outshine the New York Knicks in the first half as they shot sixty-four percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to fifty percent. Indiana-native Gary Harris would get hot for 18 points which included four three-pointers. Trey Lyles recorded 12 points off of the bench to put along with his four defensive rebounds and two assists. Both Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee chalked up eight points each while Will Barton had five points. He also had three rebounds and four assists while Nikola Jokic earned himself three rebounds and five assists, not to mention his five points, as well. Wilson Chandler played 14 minutes off of the bench as he had ten points.
As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field. He also had four defensive rebounds while Enes Kanter contributed with eight points. Trey Burke also had eight points, along with six assists off of the bench. Former Pelicans’ forward Lance Thomas played the most minutes off of the bench as he collected nine points but it was the Nuggets who walked into the locker room with a 73-60 lead.
The Knicks would look to attempt a comeback as they shot sixty percent in the second half while the Nuggets shot fifty-four percent. Kanter continued to help out as he posted up 12 more points and six rebounds. Michael Beasley heated up for 17 points off of the bench while Porzingis settled for nine points. Burke played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 10 points.
Jokic earned 13 of the Nuggets’ 57 second-half points while Jamal Murray scored ten points. Wilson Chandler was limited to just six points as he played 16 minutes off of the bench but it was still the Nuggets who handed the Knicks a 130-118 loss. Gary Harris finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Michael Beasley had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Kristaps Porzingis also finished with 21 points, along with 7 rebounds, and one block.
The New York Knicks will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (17-31) on Friday at 9:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season. The Knicks and the Suns have seen each other a total of 125 times as the Knicks won 63 games while the Suns pulled out 62 wins. The last time they clashed with each other was on November 3 when the Knicks defeated the Suns with a 120-107 victory. Kristaps Porzingis finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker had 34 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.
The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-32) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. This will be the third of four times that the Mavericks and the Nuggets will play each this season. They have battled each other a grand total of 179 times in the past as the Dallas team ended up winning 92 games while the Nuggets won only 87 times. January 16 was the last time they met up as the Nuggets pulled away with a 105-102 win. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Dennis Smith had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.