Preview: The Wolves, mired in a defensively challenged six-game losing streak and having suffered their most one-sided loss of the season to Phoenix, travel to Denver to play the best offensive team in the NBA. Denver just completed a back-to-back with Golden State, avenging Saturday's loss at Golden State with a 123-84 victory over the Warriors in Denver on Monday. It was Denver's biggest margin of victory this season. The Nuggets will be motivated, as they are clinging to the eighth spot in the playoff chase, one game ahead of Phoenix and 1 1/2 over Utah.
Players to watch: Wolves F Kevin Love has averaged 26 points and 17 rebounds in two games vs. Denver this year. G J.J. Barea has scored in double figures three consecutive games, hitting on seven of 15 three-pointers in that stretch. Denver F Kenneth Faried is coming off a career-high 27 points and 17 rebounds against Golden State. F Danilo Gallinari, who missed 10 games because of a left thumb fracture, returned to the lineup Monday, scoring 15 points.
Numbers: Denver has struggled to secure a playoff berth, going 5-5 in its past 10 games. The Wolves have allowed 109 points per game in their past five games, worst in the NBA.
Injuries: Wolves C Darko Milicic (hamstring) and PG Luke Ridnour (ankle sprain) are out. For Denver, F/G Rudy Fernandez (back surgery) is out. F Wilson Chandler (hip strain) is doubtful.
|San Diego||27||FINAL 0:00|
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Baltimore||12/16/13 7:40 PM|
|Houston||44||2nd Qtr 0:02|
|Boston||3||3rd Prd 6:52|
|Minnesota||0||2nd Prd 10:09|
|Coll of Charleston||68|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|SE Missouri St||72|
|(17) Iowa State||83|
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