Nuggets continue homestand against Bucks
(Sports Network) – The struggling Denver Nuggets continue their homestand
against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Pepsi Center.
Denver, which plays the second of a four-game homestand, has lost five in a
row and is 2-6 with newly-acquired All-Star guard Allen Iverson in the lineup.
On Saturday Deron Williams scored 28 points and dished out 12 assists, as the
Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz topped the slumping Nuggets, 96-84, at
the Pepsi Center.
Iverson, who was acquired in December from Philadelphia in a blockbuster
trade, posted 22 points and eight assists in the loss to Utah for the Nuggets,
while Earl Boykins also netted 22. Linas Kleiza scored 17 and Reggie Evans
collected 11 boards in defeat.
On the injury front for Denver, center Marcus Camby (hyperextended right
wrist) did not play against Utah and is questionable for tonight’s contest.
Camby is averaging 11.7 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds per game this
The Nuggets are 9-8 at home this season. They will host the San Antonio Spurs
on Wednesday and the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Milwaukee tries to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. Drew Gooden
scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the
Bucks, 95-86, on Friday at the Bradley Center.
Michael Redd scored 26 points in the loss to the Cavaliers for Milwaukee,
which has lost three of its last four games overall. Andrew Bogut scored 16
points and pulled down 10 boards, while Brian Skinner netted eight and grabbed
10 rebounds in defeat.
Forward Charlie Villanueva (right shoulder tendinitis) is expected to miss
tonight’s game for the Bucks. He has missed two straight contests. Villanueva
is averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.
The Bucks are 7-12 on the road this season. They return home to host the
Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at the Bradley Center.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Bucks are
scheduled to host the Nuggets on February 10th at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee has lost six of eight and 12 of its last 15 at Denver. The Nuggets
have won six of the last seven contests in this series.