Wilson Chandler will make his season debut tonight as the Denver Nuggets (2-4) take on the LA Lakers (4-5) at 7PM MT.
-Chandler missed the entire preseason, and the Nuggets’ first six games, with a hamstring injury. He injured it during the second week of practices in October. In Chandler’s last meeting against the Lakers, on Feb. 25 2013, he finished with 23 Pts (10-18 FG, 3-5 3PT) in a 119-108 win. What will he see from Chandler in his debut? Can he match his dominance against the Lakers from last season?
-Starting Nuggets center JaVale McGee is predicted to miss the next 6-8 weeks with a left leg last injury sustained last week against the Phoenix Suns. JJ Hickson got the start against the Utah Jazz on Monday, and should start against the Lakers tonight.
-The Nuggets are looking for their first back-to-back win of the 2013-14 season.
-The Lakers will not have Kobe Bryant, as he still recovers from his 2013 achilles tear.
-In the first two preseason games, the Nuggets and Lakers played back to back. Denver took the first game 97-88, and the Lakers took game two 90-88.
-Can the Nuggets keep Paul Gasol from controlling the paint? Gasol dominated the post in the two teams’ preseason matchups. The Nuggets have gotten destroyed by bigs this season. Most recently against the Jazz, Derrick Favors finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Enes Kanter had 12 points. HOWEVER, Gasol revealed today that he got an MRI yesterday, and has a strained left foot. Gasol is averaging 12.1 Pts and 10.4 Reb in 13.7 min this season.
-Denver is shooting 40.5 percent from three, and Los Angeles is shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. The two teams are ranked eighth and ninth in the league for percentage from deep.
-Nate Robinson hasn’t been consistent. He didn’t score against the Jazz–the second time he was held scoreless this season.
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