The Denver Nuggets are one of the four teams who are undefeated at the moment. Coming fresh off of a 101-94 victory against the Sacramento Kings last night, they will hope to grab a fourth straight win as they host the Dallas Mavericks tonight. The Mavericks, on the other hand, saw their two-game win streak come to an end on Sunday as they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-119.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks have played each other a grand total of 184 times in the past as the Nuggets won 91 games while the Mavericks grabbed 93 victories.
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (coach’s decision)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)
The first half of the game would be held close as the Dallas Mavericks shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty percent. Justin Jackson scored ten points off the bench while hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter. Former Cavaliers’ guard Seth Curry helped out with eight points which held two three-pointers, as well.
Luka Doncic was kept to just seven points but managed to record four rebounds and one assist while knocking down a trey in the first period. Kristaps Porzingis was limited to just five points but had five rebounds, one assist, and one block. Tim Hardaway Jr. played the most minutes off the bench as he had five points.
As for the Denver Nuggets, Paul Millsap warmed up with fourteen points on fifty-percent shooting. He had 3 three-pointers, as well, along with three rebounds. Will Barton contributed with 11 points while grabbing four rebounds and committing a steal. Jamal Murray was held to just four points while Gary Harris chalked up eight points. Mason Plumlee played nine minutes off the bench but scored only four points as the Nuggets went into halftime with a 61-60 lead.
As the game drifted into the second half, it still remained competitive as the Texas team shot forty-five percent from the field while the Nuggets shot forty-three percent. Murray would make up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he went five for nine, scoring 12 more points. He was unable to knock down the 3 three-pointers he attempted but managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds.
Millsap had nine more points as he buried a three-pointer late in the fourth. Both Gary Harris and Will Barton scored eight points each while Jerami Grant was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played off the bench.
On the other end of the court, Hardaway Jr. scored nine points, all coming from beyond the arc. Both Porzingis and Doncic put up five points each while Curry was held to two points. Maxi Kleber played the most minutes off the bench to score nine points as the Mavericks pulled away with a 109-106 victory. Maxi Kleber finished the game with 14 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks. Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 14 points, along with three rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal. Paul Millsap finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds.
The Denver Nuggets will travel to Louisiana to take on Brandon Ingram (27.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (0-4) on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season. The Dallas Mavericks will host Anthony Davis (25.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 43.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2-1) on Friday at 9:30 p.m. This will be the first of four games between them this season.