Nuggets are hot at the right time
(Sports Network) – Denver (40-36) is playing its best basketball of the
season at the perfect time. The red-hot Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers battle
for the sixth seed in the Western Conference, as the teams meet on Monday at
the Pepsi Center.
It is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between Denver and the
Lakers. The teams split a pair at the Staples Center, and the Nuggets defeated
the Lakers, 113-86, on March 15th at the Pepsi Center. Denver has won two in a
row and three of the last four contests in the series. The Lakers have dropped
two straight as the visitor against the Nuggets.
The sixth-seeded Nuggets are a half game ahead of the slumping Lakers. Denver
has six games left on the schedule, while the Lakers have five remaining.
The Nuggets enter Monday’s contest on a five-game winning streak. Allen
Iverson scored 34 points and came up with a big play in the closing moments as
Denver edged the Clippers, 96-93, on Saturday at the Staples Center.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win for
the Nuggets, who will play four of their final six games on the road . Nene
posted 11 points and seven boards, while Steve Blake netted 10 and dished out
nine assists in the victory.
After Monday’s contest, the Nuggets will embark on a three-game road trip.
They will visit Utah, New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Memphis on the upcoming
Denver is 21-18 at home this season. The Nuggets final regular season home
game is on April 16th against Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They will wrap up their season against Tim Duncan and the Spurs on April 18th
at the AT&T Center.
Iverson, who was acquired from Philadelphia in a blockbuster trade on December
19th, is averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in his last 10 outings. He
collected three double-doubles during that span, and has logged 40 or more
minutes in 12 of his last 15 games.
The Nuggets have scored over 100 points in 11 of their last 16 contests.