Nuggets look to stay hot as Cleveland Cavaliers visit Denver
Ty Lawson continues to make All-Star push over past eight games
It’s no longer the season of giving. The Denver Nuggets know the importance of grabbing the games there for the taking.
Coming off a big road win over the Golden State Warriors, the Nuggets will seek their seventh win in eight games Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Denver has won four straight home games, while the Cavs (14-25) are 4-17 on the road.
Despite Cleveland’s record, the Nuggets know the danger of taking any team for granted – at home or on the road.
The Nuggets saw their seven-game win streak end in Cleveland on Dec. 4. Denver also has lost home games to the Philadelphia 76ers (13-25) and Utah Jazz (13-27) this season.
Point guard Ty Lawson continues to make a late push for All-Star consideration. He has posted seven double-doubles in the past eight games and is averaging 19.4 points and 11 assists during that stretch.
As Lawson goes, Denver goes. The Nuggets are averaging 117.7 points on .498 shooting in seven games since Jan. 3. They are outrebounding the opposition by nearly 10 boards during that stretch and averaging 20.9 points in transition.
J.J. Hickson has been a big reason behind Denver’s effectiveness on the glass. He grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds against Golden State and has posted at least 10 boards in four straight games.
CAVALIERS AT NUGGETS
WHEN: 7 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950
F Luol Deng
F Tristan Thompson
C Anderson Varejao
G C.J. Miles
G Kyrie Irving
DENVER: Darrell Arthur (groin strain), Danilo Gallinari (knee) and JaVale McGee (fractured left tibia) are out.
CLEVELAND: None to report.
Nuggets have won 10 of the last 13 meetings with the Cavaliers at Pepsi Center, dating back to 2000-01 . . . Denver has gone 10-3 overall against Cleveland since the start of the 2006-07 season … The Nuggets swept the Cavaliers (2-0) in 2012-13, marking the Nuggets’ fifth sweep of Cleveland in the last seven years – after doing so only five times in the 27 years prior.