It’s an interconference clash on the hardwood in Buzz City. The Denver Nuggets look to keep rolling as they visit the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Denver comes in off a 124-118 overtime win over Orlando on the road Wednesday night. Charlotte was dumped 121-104 on the road by Minnesota in their last contest Wednesday. The all-time regular-season series is knotted at 28 wins apiece. Last season, the teams split two meetings with the home team prevailing in both contests: the Nuggets took a 121-104 win in the last matchup on February 5.
Denver Nuggets Look to Extend Win Streak to Eight
Denver needed overtime but managed to take down the Magic to earn their seventh straight win. The Nuggets look to stay hot and hold their edge in the Northwest Division: they are ahead by a half-game over the Thunder. Denver was in a tight game all the way and didn’t get separation until the overtime period. A 6-0 run in the overtime gave the Nuggets a seven point cushion and Orlando wouldn’t get closer than three after that. Denver shot 54.9 percent from the floor and connected on 11 of 19 three point attempts in the contest to make up for missing 14 of 37 free throw attempts. Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 31 points in the game. The Nuggets are 7-5 ATS on the road this season while the under is 8-3-1 in those games.
The Nuggets are 13th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 110.8 points per game. Denver is currently 8thin the league in rebounding with 47.1 rebounds per contest. The Nuggets are 4th in the league by dishing out 27.1 assists per game. Denver is 3rd in scoring defense as they allow 103.4 points per contest. Paul Millsap puts up 13.5 points plus 7.1 rebounds a game in his second season with Denver. Will Barton contributes 16.5 points a night while Nikola Jokic kicks in 16.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.8 assists a game. Gary Harris (16.6 points) and Jamal Murray (team high 17.9 points) each are solid contributors offensively as well. Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris, Malik Beasley, Torrey Craig, Juancho Hernangomez and Trey Lyles (10.3 points) have to step up when called upon. The Nuggets are 9th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 46.8 percent from the field. Denver is 19th in the league by sinking 10.4 threes per game and is tied for 14th in the league in three point shooting by sinking 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. Barton is out until mid-December after having surgery for a right hip injury and a core strain. In addition, Isaiah Thomas is out until later this month as he recovers from hip surgery. Harris is out with a right hip injury.
Charlotte Hornets Try to Rebound After Road Loss
Charlotte played well for three quarters but fell apart in the fourth as they lost to the Timberwolves on the road. The Hornets hope to bounce back from that defeat and get back in the win column at the expense of the Nuggets. Charlotte was tied after one, led by two at the half and was tied after three quarters before getting outscored 35-18 in the fourth. The Hornets led 96-93 with 8:12 to go but gave up a 22-2 run over the next nearly six minutes to let things slip away. Charlotte shot 40.8 percent from the field, including 12 of 33 from three-point range, in the loss. Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb (11 rebounds) each had 18 points to lead the Hornets in the loss. Charlotte is 8-5 ATS at home this season while the over is 7-6 in those games.
The Hornets are an above average team offensively, ranking 7th in the league with 114.0 points per game. Charlotte is 21st in rebounding with 43.8 boards per game and 11th by dishing out 24.4 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 17th in scoring defense by allowing 111.2 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 26 points and 6.1 assists this season. Malik Monk puts up 10.3 points per game while Jeremy Lamb contributes 15.3 points a night while Nicolas Batum chips in 9.4 ppg plus 5.5 boards a game so far this season. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Miles Bridges, Willy Hernangomez and Tony Parker (9.6 points, 4.5 assists) all have to contribute for Charlotte to maintain their momentum. The Hornets are tied for 13th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45.9 percent from the floor. Charlotte is tied for 5th in the league with 12 threes per game while ranking tied for 12th in three point shooting as they hit 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.
- Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference opponents
- Hornets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Hornets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Northwest Division opponents
- Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Nuggets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up wi