G7 Denver Nuggets (2-3) vs Brooklyn Nets (3-3) “Redemption Time”
After a huge win against the Cavaliers, the young Nets came out deflated in a 21-point loss against the New York Knicks. The good thing is they have a chance to redeem themselves against Denver Nuggets at home where they are undefeated. It will be a true test if they can take the urgency to not play down to the level of competition.
It will not be an easy task as the Nets lost the rebounding match 34-55 against the Knicks and the Nuggets won at the Hawks with 60-30 rebounding edge. The Nets weakness have been handling shooting bigs such as Kristaps Porzingis, Vucevic, Aaron Gordon. They will face Nikola Jokic (18 points and 15 rebounds) and Paul Millsap (16 points and 6 rebounds).
Will they respond to Coach Kenny Atkinson’s challenge to rebound quickly from the lopsided loss? Or will they still search their way to play consistently?
The Nets get their first chance to recover from their worst performance of the season Sunday when they host the Denver Nuggets.
Brooklyn is 3-3 after getting pounded by New York 107-86. Among the culprits for its worst loss of the season was rebounding. The Nets gave up a 55-34 edge on the glass, including 19-4 on the offensive side. The Nets had plenty of missed shots as they shot 40.5 percent but allowed the Knicks to get 36 defensive rebounds.
The Nuggets (2-3) will be looking to get consecutive wins for the first time this season after getting a 105-100 win at Atlanta on Friday. They also will look to become the latest team to get a high scorer against the Nets, who have allowed an opposing player to get at least 30 points after Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points Friday.
Like the Knicks did Friday night, Denver dominated inside, finishing with a 60-30 edge in the paint and a 24-13 advantage on second-chance points.
It highlighted a return to Atlanta for Paul Millsap, who spent the previous four seasons with the Hawks. He received a video tribute and was greeted warmly before totaling 16 points in 30:17 Friday.
Nikola Jokic paced the Nuggets with 18 points and 15 rebounds for his third straight productive game. He began the season with seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in the first two games but is averaging 21.6 points and 15 rebounds on 60.9 percent (25 of 41) from the field since then.
The Nets are 6-1 against Denver in their last seven meetings. They nearly blew a 29-point lead in a 116-111 home win on Dec. 7, and Denver claimed a 129-109 home win Feb. 24 when Gary Harris scored 25 points.