NBA Preview – Game 8: Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers


Feb 10, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Ian Mahinmi (28) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Gross is the only word that comes to mind, describing the Denver Nuggets 1-6 start to the 2014-15′ season. Denver is coming off arguably their most embarrassing loss of the season, falling to the Portland Trailblazers at home, 130-113. Not to mention, Portland was coming off a back-to-back where they won by just two points the following night. Denver looks to rebound on the road against the Indianapolis Pacers tonight.

What: NBA Preview – Game 8: Denver Nuggets (1-6) vs. Indiana Pacers (3-6)
When: Friday, November 14th
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Time: 7:00 PM EST, 5:00 PM MST

Despite Denver’s woeful start, point guard Ty Lawson has been stuffing the stat sheet. The fifth-year veteran is averaging 16.7 points, 7.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in six contests this season. This past Wednesday night against Portland, Lawson dropped a season-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, collecting 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in the losing effort.

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According to Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post, Nate Robinson (lower body) and Randy Foye (right knee) could possibly sit out Denver’s vs. Indiana – possibly leading to the activation’s of Gary Harris and Erick Green.

Indiana on the other hand is coming off a big win against the Miami Heat, earning a grind-it-out 81-75 victory. Former University of Colorado small forward Chris Copeland scored a team-high 17 points for the Pacers on 7-of-17 shooting. Their center Roy Hibbert stuffed the stat sheet en route to victory – scoring 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting, collecting 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks.

If the losing ways continue to circulate the Denver Nuggets, a coaching change might be a possibility.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Denver Nuggets (1-6):

PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Wilson Chandler
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov

Indiana Pacers (3-6)

PG: Donald Sloan
SG: Chris Copeland
SF: Solomon Hill
PF: Luis Scola
C: Roy Hibbert

Tip-off between the Denver Nuggets and Indian Pacers is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST, 5:00 PM MST and can be seen on NBATV.